Benny Ramírez and the Nearly Departed

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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author
José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American high school math teacher. They are also a Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus Award-nominated author of fantasy and science fiction. Their stories have been published in Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and Strange Horizons, among others. Benny Ramírez and the Nearly Departed is their debut novel. José grew up in Miami and still lives in Florida.
"Hilarious and heartfelt. . . . A musical, food-filled party for the artist in everyone!" --Carlos Hernandez, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

"A fun and lyrical exploration of what it means to find your true talent while keeping your priorities straight. . . . A stunning debut by a rising talent." --David Bowles, Pura Belpré Honor-winning author of They Call Me Güero

"A funny and heartwarming story about family, friendship, and discovering your talents that resonates like a beautiful song." --Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Edgar Award-winning author of Concealed

"Sweet and funny....Latine readers may catch some references to Cuban artists in the story, which is richly fleshed out to showcase Miami life and culture." --Booklist

"A humorous and haunting riff on a classic storyline." --Kirkus Reviews

"Benny's story is a ­charming, not-scary ghost story with ­moments of joy, ­sadness, and wishing-you-were-there in ­Miami eating a delicious ­Cubano sandwich." --School Library Journal