Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“One of the most difficult things a kid faces is feeling confident enough to do something new and challenging. It’s made that much harder when English isn’t your first language and you, like our main character, Lety, are challenged to write fantastic descriptions for shelter animals. Lety Out Loud is a book about succeeding when things are tough and making a space for yourself when you’re in a new place. And it’s a book about loving dogs, which means it’s practically a perfect book!”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
novel about friendship and finding your voice.
Can Lety find her voice before it's too late?
Lety Muñoz's first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the animal shelter because the dogs and cats there don't care if she can't always find the right words. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance.
But classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles-so he devises a competition to determine the official shelter scribe. Whoever gets their animals adopted the fastest wins. Lety agrees, but she's worried that if the shelter finds out about the contest, they'll kick her out of the volunteer program. Then she'll never be able to adopt Spike, her favorite dog at the shelter!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2019
A 2020 Pura Belpré Honor Award Book
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"A potential "mirror" book for young immigrants to the U.S. and ELL students, and one that can be an empathy-building "sliding glass door" book for other readers. Compelling and relatable, this is highly recommended for all middle grade collections." -- School Library Journal, starred review