Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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Crane Boy
Crane Boy 

By Diana Cohn 
Illustrated by Youme Landowne
A Middle Reader
Kinga and his classmates create a dance to honor the cranes of Bhutan and to create awareness for their plight.  A delightful tale of environment and culture in a distant land. 
At the Crane Festival in Bhutan, the book's author and illustrator distributed ​4,000 copies of Crane Boy ​to the Bhutanese children.
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“Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better.” —School Library Journal

Great and Mighty Nikko
The Great and Mighty Nikko

Written and Illustrated by Xavier Garza
A Bilingual Early Reader 
Bedtime! Nikko wrestles all of the masked luchadores jumping on his bed. And he counts them at the same time! In Spanish and English!
Featured in the New York Times
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Little Chanclas

Little Chanclas
Written and Illustrated by Jose Lozano
A Bilingual Reader for 1st and 2nd graders
Little Lily Lujan loves the slippety-slappety of her noise flip flops—until she trades them in for soccer shoes. Clickety-clackety. Goooooal!
Featured in the New York Times
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My Tata's Remedies

My Tata's Remedies /
Los remedios de mi Tata 
Written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
A bilingual middle reader of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies as he helps neighbors and families.
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"Roni Ashford reminds us about family traditions, cross-cultural and inter-generational support, building community, and taking the time to share, listen,
and heal one another." 
—Smithsonian BookDragon   
Seeing Off The Johns

Seeing Off The Johns 

By Rene S. Perez II
Two baseball heroes die in a tragic accident. What happens in the rural hometown they left behind.
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By Kevin Waltman
The third in the D-Bow's High School Hoop Series. Now in his junior year, D-Bow's game and the season are full of promise, but only if he can make it onto the court to play. 
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The Do-Right

The Do-Right 

Named Kirkus Top 100 Books &
Written by Lisa Sandlin
"The do-right"—that's old Southern talk for prison. Delpha Wade doesn't want to go back there. Fourteen years is enough.
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Written by Philippe Diederich
A Mystery Novel For Foodies

A Cuban-American travels to Havana searching for a secret recipe where he finds love and the truth about his father.

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“A moveable feast full of folkloric flavors, comical rhythms and magic.” 
—Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams 
As Far As I Know

As Far As I Know

Written by Joseph Somoza
A Book of Poems 
Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford's quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

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Or Choose A Classic From The Backlist 

Don’t forget our great backlist featuring books by Joe HayesBenjamin Alire SaenzTim TingleXavier GarzaCynthia WeillJose Lozano and many others. If you’d like a print catalog, or a PDF of our complete print catalog, please write us at info@cincopuntos.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

AS FAR AS I KNOW: Joe Somoza's New Book of Poems

A Book of Poems
Joseph Somoza
Trade Paper $15.95 / 978-1-941026-25-0

Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford’s quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

This is a beautiful book. A wise book. For Joseph Somoza, language--and the world around--is like a river, forever changing and flowing toward the sea, going this way and that, according to the geography. He allows the poem to follow along, he says, “to build itself, allow(s) words to call up other words through aural and memory associations and syntactic demands, and see where it will lead.” The seasons change, his mother dies, his wife Jill and he share coffee and make love, and crows begin to populate his city. Somoza transforms this stuff of life into a wonderful music of poetry. It’s a poetry of intimacy, a celebration of being human.

Joseph Somoza, Riverside Park, New York City
Photo by Jill Somoza
From the Afterword, “Freight Train”

"Being an immigrant from Spain who spoke mostly Spanish but who wanted to become full-fledged American, I also wanted to make my poems from ordinary, spoken English, without excessively rhetorical devices, the kind of language spoken by my first heroes in America, my uncle Arthur and his buddies who would meet at his gas station regularly to shoot craps, drink Ballantine Ale, and recall their youthful adventures as merchant seamen, the 'real language of men,' as William Wordsworth called it. This would be a natural American-English language that an ordinary American in a heightened state of emotion might actually speak, a language heightened just enough to draw attention to itself but not so much that it would sound artificially 'poetic,' the kind of language a later hero of mine, Jack Kerouac, used.”

The Trees

Sitting here among my friends
the trees, I feel their
quietude, the gratitude
they show by holding out
their limbs, generously
allowing the moss to grow
on them, and squirrels and birds to
build nests in their crowns.
They don't seem to mind my
sitting here, maybe sensing
how much I value their
contemplative nature,
their general satisfaction
with the way things are.
Rooted to their one place
in the woods, they don't
crave something better,
nor complain about the weather.
They stand tall and straight,
side by side accepting
whatever comes.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


by Diana Cohn
Illustrated by Youme Landowne
Cloth $17.95 / 978-1-941026-16-8
Paper $8.95 / 978-1-941026-17-5
E-Book $8.95 978-1-941026-18-2
Publishes October 2015

Kinga and his classmates create a dance to honor Bhutan's black-necked cranes and to create awareness for their plight.

Every year, Kinga and his classmates wait for the black-necked cranes to return to the kingdom of Bhutan, deep in the Himalayas. Every year, they discover, fewer cranes return. Together with his classmates, Kinga spends time observing the cranes and their movements. From this observation, they create a dance to honor the cranes and to remind people of their duty to care for them. They perform their beautiful dance before the King of Bhutan.


Combining reverence for nature with the culture and spirituality of the Bhutanese people, this book tells the story of the Crane festival and how it came to be. One little boy turns his love of the cranes that migrate to Bhutan each year into a celebration of the sacred animal in an attempt to raise awareness of their dwindling numbers. The soft watercolor illustrations are as graceful as the text, and the information provided at the end of the story about the cranes and the culture of Bhutan combine to create a fascinating, exquisite book. Ages 4-9.
—Foreword Reviews

[Diana] Cohn weaves numerous details about Bhutanese life and culture into her smoothly told story; Youme adds even more with watercolor images in a naïve style that nicely matches Kinga's present-tense narration. … [Crane Boy] gracefully celebrates both a little-known culture and its beloved birds.  —Kirkus Reviews


How did you come to write Crane Boy?

I was inspired to write the children’s book Crane Boy after visiting Bhutan in 2012. While I was there, I attended a traditional festival in a village monastery to see dances that had been performed the same way for hundreds of years. I also went to observe the black-necked cranes that migrate to winter in Bhutan’s great wetlands. These cranes are sacred to the Bhutanese and are an integral part of their culture. It was there I learned that a new modern festival had been created, a Crane Festival—where the monks performed their traditional dances but where schoolchildren also performed dances to raise awareness about the Black- necked cranes. It was at this instant I knew I wanted to write a story inspired by the creation of this unique Festival and the children involved in this effort. I was interested in this universal story about loving and protecting nature and that it could be told in a very specific cultural context.

Before traveling to Bhutan, did you have a connection with The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature and the International Crane Foundation who are mentioned in your Afterword?

Part of my process as a writer creating Crane Boy involved doing a tremendous amount of research on the Black-necked cranes and the Crane Festival. That’s how I learned about the work of both of these groups. After Cinco Punto Presss decided to publish Crane Boy, I asked George Archibald, the founder of International Crane Foundation to read the story and give his feedback. He has been very supportive of this book from the start. When Youme and I went to Bhutan in 2013, we conducted several focus groups on the manuscript. We met with and read the manuscript of Crane Boy to staff from the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, to the head of education at the Gangtey Monastery (where the Crane Festival takes place) and most importantly to schoolchildren and their teachers. All the feedback and questions from those focus groups gave me ideas for revising and making last minute changes to the story. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature is our partner in guaranteeing that copies of Crane Boy get distributed to schools and libraries throughout Bhutan.

What was it like to work with Youme on this book?

Youme spent hours in Bhutan doing extensive visual research for our book. She is a brilliant illustrator and writer, and she is a keen observer of life with its’ complex myriad of details! We have been aware of each other’s work for many years and this was our first opportunity to collaborate and work together. The most amazing part for me in the creation of this book was how Youme brought the characters and details of the Bhutanese landscape and culture to life in her illustrations. She was inspired by many of the people we met and her ability to create Kinga, our main character and Kado, the Caretaker of the Cranes and others, was one of the most marvelous processes I had the privilege to witness.


Diana Cohn is the author of seven books for children, including three widely acclaimed award-winning books: Dream Carver, Si Se Puede! / Yes we Can!— Janitor Strike in L.A. and The Bee Tree. When not writing books for children she works for a national grantmaking foundation that supports arts education and social justice organizing. She has a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and a Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is an advisor to LItquake, San Francisco’s largest literary festival and serves on the board of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She lives in northern California on a houseboat with her husband.

YOUME LANDOWNE grew up loving stories. She has lived and worked as a community artist in New York, New Haven, Miami, Woods Hole, San Francisco, Kenya, Japan, Lao P.D.R., Vietnam, St. John, U.S.V.I., Haiti and Cuba. Youme’s books include Selavi (That Is Life): A Haitian Story of Hope, Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home, and Pitch Black: Don’t be Skerd with Anthony Horton. She is drawn to stories of survival and champions for social justice. Youme lives in an everchanging location with her husband and their two children.

Author Tour: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; New York City; Miami, Florida.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Critics Love The Do-Right

Lisa Sandlin's Acclaimed Thriller

The Do-Right
The Do-Right

By Lisa Sandlin 

1973. That's fourteen years of prison time after Delpha Wade killed a man who was raping her. She’d wanted to kill the other one too, but he got away. It's hard to find a decent job, but Delpha's persistence pays off. She lands a secretarial job with Tom Phelan, an ex-roughneck turned neophyte private eye. Delpha is smart, prison-wise, and together the two stumble into the dark corners of Beaumont, a blue-collar, Cajun-influenced town dominated by Big Oil. A mysterious client plots mayhem against a small petrochemical company — why? Searching for a teenage boy, Phelan uncovers the weird lair of a serial killer. And Delpha — on a weekend outing — looks into the eyes of her rapist, the one who got away. The novel's conclusion is classic noir, full of surprise, excitement, and karmic justice. Sandlin's elegant prose, twisting through the dark thickets of human passion, allows Delpha to open her heart again to friendship, compassion, and sexuality. 
Cinco Puntos
Paperback 978-1-941026-19-9 / $16.95
E-Book 978-1-941026-20-5 / $16.95  
Available from your favorite E-Book retailers!
Flipping The Script On The Detective Story
"I wrote The Do-Right because I wanted to reverse the detective story convention. To create not a grizzled P.I. but a novice taking a flyer at the job and a secretary who's lived the dark side of life. Enter Tom Phelan fed-up roughneck who just lost a finger on an oil rig, and ex-con Delpha Wade, paroled after 14 years in prison and looking for a job. Hello,Thomas Phelan, Investigations. These two are making it up as they go.” —Lisa Sandlin

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Praise for The Do-Right

“This book is flat out excellent. Peppered by some well placed funny moments yet with crimes that are nothing less than pure bad, Sandlin nails the suspense and trajectory of a good crime novel with the palpitating atmosphere of things gone very wrong in seemingly an ordinary and average town. Her characters are really terrific, particularly Delpha just released from prison and trying to begin her life anew, and her ear for snappy or dry dialogue when appropriate is so wonderful one is engaged for the first page to the last. I heartily recommend this novel. It’s a keeper!" 
—Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Bookstores, Petaluma, Calif.
Kirkus  Starred Review
“Lisa Sandlin blends pathos, humor, and poetic prose in a strong debut.” 

Publishers Weekly  Starred Review
“Sandlin’s clipped prose style is pleasingly eccentric,
and can become downright Chandleresque.”

“Thomas Phelan and Delpha Wade are unforgettable characters as gritty as the ramshackle office they inhabit. But their grit has soul, and plenty of it.”
—Johnny Temple, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Akashic Books

Lisa Sandlin
LISA SANDLIN'S story, Phelan's First Case, was anthologized inLone Star Noir and was later re-anthologized in Akashic's Best of the Noir series, USA NoirThe Do-Right is her first full-length mystery.  
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Lisa Sandlin grew up in oil-refinery air, sixty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. She raised a son in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then moved to Nebraska where’s she’s taught for the better part of twenty years. Her work has earned an NEA Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, story-of-the-year awards from Shenandoah, Southwest Review, and Crazy Horse. 

Friday, August 7, 2015


by Phillippe Diederich

A Cuban-American travels to Havana searching for a secret recipe but instead finds love and the truth about his father. Turns out that Cuba binds Frank together the way a good sofrito binds the flavors of a Cuban dish. A mystery novel for foodies.

“Sofrito has the sweaty seduction of Havana’s streets and the warm spirit of its food.” —Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt: A World History and Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

“In this entertaining debut novel, Frank Delgado tries to save his failing restaurant by returning to Cuba, his dead father’s homeland, to get ahold of a top-secret chicken recipe. But there is more than delicious chicken at stake here. Food is the road home—geographically, emotionally, metaphorically. Peppered with cooking advice from chefs, ordinary folks, and celebrities including Fidel Castro himself (an advocate of pork), Phillipe Diederich’s Sofrito is a love letter to the deepest recesses of nostalgia’s heart.” —Cristina García, author of the King of Cuba and Dreaming in Cuban.

“A moveable feast full of folkloric flavors, comical rhythms and magic.  One man's quest for the perfect spice leads him towards love for a woman and for his lost Cuba. In heaven, I know Oscar Hijuelos is smiling.” —Ernesto Quiñones, author of Bodega Dreams and Chango’s Fire.

Frank Delgado is no thief. He co-owns a failing Cuban restaurant in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The restaurant, like Frank, is rudderless. Lost. He decides he'll save the restaurant by traveling to Cuba to steal the legendary chicken recipe from the famed El Ajillo restaurant in Havana. The recipe is a state secret, so prized that no cook knows the whole recipe. But Frank's rationale is ironclad—Fidel stole the secret from his family, so he will steal it back. He will triumphantly bring that recipe back to Manhattan and turn his fortunes around. Frank has no interest in Cuba. His parents fled after the Revolution. His dead father spent his life erasing all traces of Cuba from his heart with barbeques, television, lawn mowing and alcohol. So Frank is not prepared for the real Cuba. Sure, he gets beat up and almost killed, the secret service threatens him, but in the midst of the chaos, he falls in love with a prostitute and the city, and he unwraps the heroic story of his parents' life. Cuba begins to bind Frank together, the way a good sofrito binds the flavors of a Cuban dish.

Asked why he wrote Sofrito, PHILLIPPE DIEDRICH replied:

“This book is culmination of dozens of trips to Cuba in the 1990s. I had been trying to write a novel, but did not have a story and kept having a lot of false starts. One day, things just clicked. The book came together. Since I had spent a lot of time in the streets of Havana, I had an idea that I would make that the setting. But when I was finished, I noticed there was a lot about the complicated feelings people have when they’re exiles. People from my generation—men and women, Latinos, who grew up in the country of exile of their parents—don’t have as much interest in the ‘old country.’ I was surprised to see all this come out in the manuscript.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, PHILLIPPE DIEDERICH was raised in Mexico City and Miami. His parents were kicked out of Haiti by the dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier in 1963. He spent his youth listening to his parents and friends talking politics and nostalgically dreaming of the day they would return to Haiti. In 1980, the family moved to Miami, where they joined a community of exiles from all parts of Latin America. Diederich traveled repeatedly to Cuba as a photojournalist throughout the 1990s. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida and lives in Florida. This is his first novel.

978-1-941026-14-4, paper, $16.95
978-1-941026-15-1, ebook, $16.95
Distributed by Consortium Book Sales / Publishes August 25, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015



by Xavier Garza

BEDTIME! Time to wrestle, time to count!

“Stop jumping on the bed!” Nikko’s mother yells. But it’s not Nikko who’s jumping on the bed, as he tries to tell his mother! It’s the luchadores who are causing the ruckus. He invites her to come and see as he counts out their increasing numbers. She’s only interested in him going to bed. But he can’t sleep until he wins the victory and is declared, without question, the Great and Mighty Nikko!

Cinco Puntos Press asked Xavier—“The Great and Mighty Nikko is a very different counting book. What inspired you to write a Lucha Libre counting book?”

“one evening I walked in on my son jumping on his bed as he played with his action figures. His bed was completely covered with his figurines of masked heroes and villains. Suddenly, I was remembering my own childhood growing up in Rio Grande City of the Texas-Mexico Border. Like my son, I loved jumping on the bed and playing make believe fights with my own action figures. Of course, the fate of the world depended on how each and every battle would turn out. Would the villains win? Or would it be me, the Great Xavier, who would save the world at the very last second?! Seeing my son triggered that memory, and that—coupled with my love of the masked heroes and villains of lucha libre—was the inspiration that led to The Great and Mighty Nikko.”

XAVIER GARZA is a South Texas legend, but now his legend grows throughout the whole country, especially after receiving much critical claim and an ALA Pura Belpre Honor Book designation for his chapter book, Maximillian and the Secret of the Guardian Angel. Young boys, of course, love his lucha libre illustrated and chapters books for kids. A working public school teacher, Xavier continues being prolific author, artist and storyteller in schools and public events. His work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas, and he especially enjoys sharing his stories with kids around the country. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas.

978-1-935955-84-9, ebook, $7.95




2011 Pura Belpré Honor Award

“With its quick pace, humor, and endearing characters, this title...is sure to turn more kids into lucha libre fans.” — Booklist

“This action packed bilingual mystery novel uses playful language that reinforces elements of Mexican-American culture and overflows with almost unbridled excitement for lucha wrestling.”  — The Pura Belpré Committee

“Garza has done it again...a unique middle grade novel that pays homage to the Mexican tradition of masked wrestlers...Garza and Cinco Puntos Press have really outdone themselves ,,,” 

All Brown All Around

“Short chapters and the bilingual format (English text is on the left with Spanish translation on facing pages) make this book a quick read, great for reluctant readers. Readers who enjoyed the first title will be pleased to continue reading about Max and his family.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This bilingual sequel to Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (Cinco Puntos, 2011) avoids formulaic trappings and can be readily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel while artfully setting up the next installment...Garza employs plenty of humor and a first-person voice that rings true to Maximilian’s character. The story includes enough action to satisfy most fans while broadening its focus to reflect the increasing complexities in the boy’s life...an outstanding choice.”
 — School Library Journal
Paper and cloth available!

“The fluid colloquial English and Spanish and grainy graphic-novel style illustrations executed in acrylics make for an attractive package with definite appeal for boys. This title is sure to become popular.”

“Recommended! Children familiar with the sport will welcome the vibrant visual paean, while fans of wrestling, comic-book superheroes, and all things pugilistic will wonder where lucha libre has been all their lives.” 
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Paper and cloth available!