The Other Half of Happy (Hardcover)

By Rebecca Balcárcel

Chronicle Books, 9781452169989, 332pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

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A diverse, family-centered story that combines the heart of Matt de la Peña, the honesty of Meg Medina, and the poetry of Kate DiCamillo.

Praise For The Other Half of Happy

"Rebecca Balcárcel has written a powerful story that seeps into the spaces where language and heritage meet family and new discoveries. The Other Half Of Happy strikes all the right chords, bridging a gap and stretching open arms to readers looking for home in both familiar and unfamiliar places. Bravely told, with notes of vulnerability, brevity, and hope, this is a story that invites quiet courage to speak love, regardless of your native language." —Beth Hautala, author of The Ostrich and Other Lost Things

"Rebecca Balcárcel has penned a touching and oh-so-satisfying story featuring a fierce and tender new Latinx super star, Quijana Carrillo! Quijana will capture your heart with her defiant spirit and unwavering love for friends and family." —Angela Cervantes, author of Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

"The palpable push-and-pull of Quijana's yearning for her father's homeland, Guatemala, will propel readers through this poetic, deeply affecting debut." —Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home

"Quijana's journey to understand herself better and how she fits between two cultures is authentic and relatable to readers of all backgrounds, and her language struggles will particularly hit home for some. With Rebecca Balcárcel's lyrical language, Quijana's voice feels both fresh and familiar. A beautiful coming of age story." —Hena Khan, author of Amina's Voice