by Angela Dominguez (Author) Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
Stella gets a big surprise when her mom plans a trip to visit their family in Mexico! Stella loves marine animals, and she can't wait to see the ocean for the first time . . . until she arrives and learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution.
Stella wants to save the ocean, but she knows she can't do it alone. It's going to take a lot of work and help from old and new friends to make a difference, but Stella Díaz never gives up!
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Gr 3-5—Stella Diaz takes on summer with the same energy and curiosity she brought to school when first introduced in Stella Diaz Has Something to Say. Whether she's seeing the ocean for the first time or attending the Shedd Aquarium summer camp, Stella finds support and confidence to raise her voice in advocacy. Worried that her passion for protecting the marine life is hers alone, Stella's heart soars when her new camp friends join her saving-the-oceans club. The racially diverse group of friends raise money for the Marine Mammal Center and work together to spread awareness about reducing plastic consumption. Culturally specific details, especially during a visit to Mexico City to see family, are seamlessly woven into Stella's first-person narrative. Although conflicts are minor, the character dynamics shine. Readers with teenage siblings will identify with Stella's struggle to understand her older brother as he gains independence. Dominguez deftly navigates Stella's feelings of helplessness when confronted with the enormity of the impact of human consumption, providing readers with reassurance that even little changes make a big difference. Grayscale illustrations, sprinkled throughout, provide context for new vocabulary. Spanish words are printed in italics—an intentional, inclusive choice according to the author's note—so the text is easier for readers to navigate, no matter their familiarity with the Spanish language. Back matter includes information about ocean conservancy and a list of websites to explore. VERDICT A stellar sequel or stand-alone title with a plot that strikes the perfect balance between character-driven action and activism.—Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public LibraryCopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
"Readers don't need familiarity with Stella Díaz Has Something To Say to fall in love with [Stella]. The protagonist will endear readers to her; she may also create some environmental converts." —Kirkus Reviews"A stellar sequel or stand-alone title with a plot that strikes the perfect balance between character-driven action and activism." —School Library Journal Praise for Stella Diaz Has Something to Say: 2019 Sid Fleischman Award winner