What the Jaguar Told Her


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Levine Querido
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Alexandra V. Méndez is a writer, teacher, and scholar who grew up bilingual in Decatur, Georgia, with family roots in Mexico and Mississippi. She graduated from Harvard University in History and Literature and has a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University. What the Jaguar Told Her is her debut novel.


"The third-person narration flows naturally, sticking closely to the authentic point of view of a middle-school girl as she faces the challenges of growing up during a turbulent time. The novel is deepened through Méndez's characterization of Jade's family as rich in cultural traditions and strong relationships and by the presence of magical elements and stories of the Mexica and other Indigenous cultures." -- Horn Book

[STAR] "The novel explores themes of identity, friendship, crushes, loss, and looking for answers to life's toughest questions in sumptuous detail. A coming-of-age story with parallels to Judy Blume's classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., this work captures the complexities of being a tween girl seeking to find her place in the world and connections to ancestors through a Latine cultural lens. A thoughtful, richly woven tapestry illuminating the pains and joys of growing up."

--Kirkus (starred)

"This title is a reminder to hold the stories of family and culture near and dear to our hearts before they are lost to the world. The magic realism and tie-in to Latino folklore create a wonderful coming-of-age story about a girl who's exploring who she is while discovering the power of stories through art."--Booklist

"With lush language and and excellent structure, this novel captures the beauty of family, stories, changes--many magical--that come with growing up...This debut novel of magical realism presents an exquisite exploration of Mexican storytelling and a girl's coming-of-age as she learns to trust herself and find her way through her family's history." --School Library Journal