Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes - OPTIONAL

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes.  240 pages.  Scholastic Press, 2018.  $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger)

Paloma, a 7thgrader, is in Mexico City with her mother for the month this summer.  With her limited Spanish, she is not particularly excited, but it is her father’s hometown and she is kind of hoping being there might help bring back her memories of him.  Instead of a boring summer, Paloma finds a cute boy and a strange brother and sister who need her help solving a mystery.    The mystery involves Casa Azul, the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – the same house-now-museum that Paloma’s mother is there to study.  

There was a little too much going on and a few too many characters here for me to find enough to grab onto and love.  And there was not near enough Frida and Diego, either.  The danger involved in the mystery was nicely done, but there was not enough of that to shore up the other lacks for me.  

Cindy, Library Teacher

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