Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

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$20.95  $19.48
Children's Book Press (CA)
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10.6 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina, Sharuko, Maya's Blanket/la manta de Maya, Waiting for the Biblioburro, Frida and Her Animalitos, and El Cuarto Turquesa/The Turquoise Room, as well as the Lola Levine chapter book series, among many others. She is the recipient of the Christopher Award, two Américas Awards, and multiple starred reviews. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and has appeared in the NYTimes, The Washington Post, and on NPR's All Things Considered. When not writing for children, Brown serves as a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches about US Latino and multicultural literature. Brown lives with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her website is

Elisa Chavarri is a full-time illustrator who graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in Classical Animation and minored in Comics. Born in Peru, she now lives with her husband and their daughter, cat, and dog in northern Michigan.


* "A highly recommended and inspiring portrayal of dedication and perseverance for today's generation of explorers." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "[S]ure to inspire young archaeologists-to-be." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Brown's text... is informative and engaging. Chavarrí's gouache and watercolor illustrations show panoramic Andean vistas, with saturated yellows balancing muted green hues; vignettes focus on resplendent brown faces; details in the art invite visual inquiry into renderings of colorful Paracas textiles and sculpted cabezas clavas from the archaeological site Chavín de Huántar. Author and illustrator notes affirm Brown's and Chavarrí's (both of Peruvian descent) commitment to perpetuating Peru's Indigenous culture." -- The Horn Book, starred review

"Brown's account of Tello's life and achievements is compelling and engaging, and the accompanying artwork goes a long way toward giving a real sense of place to the narration... An engaging account of a man who dedicated his life to telling Peru's long history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Brown, who has written about many important Latinx figures (Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos) succeeds again in making the passionate pursuit of a profession exciting for young readers." -- Shelf Awareness

"[A]n excellent springboard for starting discussions among cross-cultural groups of readers and listeners and an ideal vehicle for social studies educators to introduce concepts in historiography." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
Best Books, New York Public Library
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Best Children's Books of the Year: Outstanding Merit, Bank Street College of Education
Fanfare, The Horn Book
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association (IRA)
Notable Children's Book, American Library Association (ALA)
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor, ALSC/REFORMA

Best of the Best Books, Chicago Public Library
Premio Campoy-Ada (Premio de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil), University of Texas at San Antonio
Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist, Texas Library Association (TLA)