Emergency Quarters

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$19.99  $18.59
Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date
8.8 X 10.8 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Carlos Matias is second-generation Dominican born and raised in Queens. He currently resides in the Bronx, and he received a master's in branding + integrated communications with a copywriting concentration from City College of New York. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Taste, Bon Appétit, and Edible Bronx. Emergency Quarters is his first picture book.

Gracey Zhang is an illustrator, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her BA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is the writer and illustrator of Lala's Words. She spends most of her time among scattered papers and ink pots, and when she's not at her desk, you can find her looking out train windows, watching and listening.


"Unexpected and delightful. Matias serves up a playful slice-of-life tale that bubbles with heart and gentle humor. A vibrant, bighearted account of a child's first forays into independence." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[A] sparkling children's debut from Matias. The creators convey bustling, life-giving bursts of sight, sound, taste, and smell." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An amiable view of a kid's routine in a bustling, friendly city neighborhood. An author's note reveals this charming tale as [the author's] own childhood experience, when a quarter in a pocket and a pay phone on the corner meant independence for a kid. -- ALA Booklist