Expand your horizons and diversify your reading with Puerto Rican representation in this Middle Grade novel-in-verse about a preteen girl navigating seventh grade while facing mental health challenges. Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango is a hopeful, poetic story about learning to advocate for the help and understanding you deserve.
How do you speak up when it feels like no one is listening?
The end of elementary school?
Worst time of my life.
And the start of middle school?
I just wasn’t quite right.
But this year?
YO VOY A MI.
Seventh grade is going to be Iveliz’s year. She’s going to make a new friend, help her abuela Mimi get settled after moving from Puerto Rico, and she is not going to get into any more trouble at school. . . .
Except is that what happens? Of course not. Because no matter how hard Iveliz tries, sometimes people say things that just make her so mad. And worse, Mimi keeps saying Iveliz’s medicine is unnecessary—even though it helps Iveliz feel less sad. But how do you explain your feelings to others when you’re not even sure what’s going on yourself?
Powerful and compassionate, Andrea Beatriz Arango’s debut navigates mental health, finding your voice, and discovering that those who really love you will stay by your side no matter what.
"A lyrical, vital, and spunky debut about mental health, grief, and the healing power of self-love. A must read.” —Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me
Tuma's Books is an online and NYC-based pop-up bookstore specializing in books with diverse cultural representation. Every month, we handpick titles to help readers of all ages and educators expand their horizons and enrich their reading with stories of the lives and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color.