Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#WeGotDiverseBooks / Bilingües 2015

      
Cinco Puntos Press is famous for our bilingual Spanish and English picture books for children. We publish authentic and culturally relevant stories.

The authors and illustrators we publish have walked the walk—
they come from the culture and speak the language. 



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Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford grew up in Nogales, AZ, along the U.S. Mexico Border. She knows the culture, steeped in family values and tradition; and she knows the old ways of healing. She tells us the story about Aaron, a curious young boy. Aaron wants his grandfather—su Tata—to teach him how to heal people using natural remedies: “My tata has been helping people feel better for as long as I can remember. He helps my family and me when we get hurt or feel sick. He helps the neighbors too. All anyone has to do is ask. When Tata’s done, he claps his hands and says, ‘Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana.’ This is Tata’s way of saying, ‘I’ll kiss it and rub it and make it go away. Now that you’re better, you can go out and play!’
“Roni, your book is full of treasures!” 
—Yuyi Morales, Pura Belpre Winner
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Available May 2015
  
 

Jose Lozano


Little Lily Lujan loves her flip-flops (aka her chanclas) as she slippity-slaps her way through life. She may be tiny, but you can hear her coming from a mile off. One day at a family fiesta, she was dancing to a thumping norteño tune with her tía Ophelia and her chanclas fall apart. And worse, a dog chewed them up. Poor Lily was inconsolable. How can she possibly face life without her chanclas?

José Lozano is a rising star in the thriving Los Angeles Latino art scene. He grew up back and forth in Juárez and El Paso where he latched onto his street-wise wisdom and humor among the cultural touchstones that continue to influence his work today — bad Mexican cinema, fotonovelas, ghost stories, and comic books.


 
Available July 2015
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Jose Lozano

It's bedtime! Lucky Nikko! It’s time to count luchadores. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom, of course, doesn't believe Nikko. She accuses him of jumping on his bed. But that's just not true at all. She just can't see what Nikko sees. And to prove his point—zoosh! Here comes luchador numero UNO with a golden mask and a silver cape. Oh, wow. Number TWO wears an orange mask with yellow flames. Another looks like a jaguar and he growls! A rooster! A bull with horns! And a dragon that breathes fire! And so it goes until TEN luchadores are jumping on Nikko's bed. That's when the Great and Mighty Nikko puts on his mask, taking on all ten wrestlers at once and defeating them soundly. Ahh, a fresh victory under his belt, now it's time for Mighty Nikko to catch some zzzzzs!
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Friday, January 30, 2015

DAY 5 (FINAL DAY), 2015 ALA MORRIS FINALIST BLOG TOUR



Here's our last bunch of blog posts for the Debut Novelists who are finalists for the 2015 Morris Awards. Cinco Puntos, of course, is biased, but we wish all writers and publishers the best in the future. Independent publishing is a magical journey, and we're delighted that all finalist novels are published by Independent Publishers. 

We also want to thank all the bloggers who participated in the blog tour for no compensation other than a few free books and hours of enjoyable reading. YA Fiction Bloggers are a great group of folks. They are fans, they are writers, and they want readers--especially young readers--to get excited about good novels. Here in El Paso we give abrazos, aka hugs, and so for all the bloggers, muchos abrazos y mil gracias!

Monday we'll see who the winner is! But in the meantime, here's what our bloggers have to say. 


Writers’ Rumpus starts us off with a guest post from E.K. Johnston, the author of The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim.om E.K. Johnston author of 

Unleashing Readers says Jessie Foley'sThe Carnival at Bray is an evocative ode to the Smells Like Teen Spirit Generation. It provides several items of teacher and librarian friendly links and information.

What Is Bridget Reading? Well, Bridget is reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. She calls the novel "a compelling blend of magical realism and historical fiction."

NOTE! We're not done yet. A few of the blogs have not as yet been posted here! And of course, come Monday we'll be announcing the winners.  


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 4. 2015 ALA MORRIS FINALIST BLOG TOUR





Almost to the home stretch for the Blog Tour discussing the Morris Finalists who are being celebrated this week at the American Library Association in Chicago: Leslye Walton, author of The Strange and BeautifulSorrows of Eva Lavender (Candlewick); Len Vlahos, author of Scar Boys (Egmont Publishing); E.K. Johnston, author of The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (Lerner); Jessie Foley, author of The Carnival at Bray (Elephant Rock); and Cinco Puntos’ own Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. Congratulations to each and every one of them. May they all have wonderful careers in front of them. 

Muchas felicidades to all the publishers, a great list of Indies! The links above go directly to the book's page on the publisher site. Go visit the publisher, browse around, see what else you would like to put into your "must read" list. 

So onto the Day 4 blogs. 

Over at YA Bibliophile Isabel Quintero offers up a short essay entitled "For Reals" that's an in-your-face piece that declares, yes, the events that happen in Gabi, A Girl in Pieces happen all the time in high school. And, yes, they happened too when the older generation was in high school.  

Dragons in modern-day Canada? Tasha Saeker at Waking Brain Cells interviews E.K. Johnston about the fantasy writing of The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim.

"With images as whimsical as wings and feathers, Leslye Walton has created a fantasy that explores the many ways we capture love … or perhaps how love captures us." At Pirate Tree Nancy Bo Flood reviews The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender.

"The masculine vibe of this story – male protagonists, masculine voice, and male author – is direct and refreshing...That doesn’t make The Scar Boys a boy book, though. It’s good to peer into another gender’s mind for awhile" That's what Writer's Rumpus says about Len Vlahos' Scar Boys. Wacky Momma chimes in too, giving The Scar Boys Five Stars!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 3. 2015 ALA MORRIS FINALIST BLOG TOUR



Since we're doing the Blog Tour, Cinco Puntos would like to add an outlier to the mix: SLJ'S Karen Silverman's Morris Finalist blog. Of great interest is the comment section where librarians and others get in a heated discussion about Karen dissing GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES for it's lack of a Spanish language glossary for the slang plus it's street-wise vision.


Writers' Rumpus finds the protagonist of The Carnival at Bray "an honest-to-goodness real teen with a good heart, in spite of the forces working against her."

YA Bibliophile, we get an awesome guest post from Len Vlahos (Scar Boys) talking about his writing process--on the New York subway train! He says, "The Scar Boys was edited on the commuter train, the sequel, Scar Girl, was written and edited on the train, and two more novels were written the same way. I’ve told my wife that if I ever stop working in New York City, I’m going to need a train pass just to write. (That’s not really true, but I would miss it.)"

Wacky Momma Reads continues her odyssey into the Morris Finalists with a review of The Story of Owen.

Twinja Book Reviews continues with a review of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. They point out that Gabi doesn't "follow the 'typical' formula of storytelling"--a fact that makes those of us at Cinco Puntos proud!

DAY 2. 2015 ALA MORRIS FINALIST BLOG TOUR

The 2015 Morris finalists are:

Day 2 of the Morris Finalists' Blog Tour saw another full slate of blog posts about these five debut novelists, which this year, were all published by independent presses. ¡Vivan los Indies! 

Over at Wacky Momma Reads  we continue with a review of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, where Wacky Momma realizes that, even though she's not a fan of diary-type novels, she liked this one. 

YA Bibliophile follows with a review of The Story of Owen, She liked the book because it was unique and she loves a love a book that keeps  "engaged and guessing throughout." 

Writers' Rumpus (http://writersrumpus.com/2015/01/27/the-strange-and-beautiful-sorrows-of-ava-lavender-by-leslye-walton/) calls The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender "haunting" and "thought-provoking."

Who R U suggests The Scar Boys is "a must-read story about finding your place in the world…even if you carry scars inside and out." 

The Reading Zone interviews Jessie Ann Foley, author of Carnival of Bray. Jessie Ann says, among other things, "One of my favorite parts about writing is how the story can surprise you: you think it’s going to be about one thing, but then you start to discover it’s about something else."

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 ALA MORRIS FINALIST BLOG TOUR

CINCO PUNTOS is delighted to be one of the hosts of the 2015 Morris Award blog tour, celebrating the best in YA by debut novelists. The bloggers are dedicated YA enthusiasts who know books, especially books in the YA catagories. Over the course of the blog tour, each blogger will highlight each of the five finalists with reviews, guest posts, and author Q&A’s leading up to the award ceremony on Feb. 2. All five finalists this year are from indie presses, so you may not have seen them in your local bookstore but they are definitely worth seeking out. Please, please, ask your local bookstores to carry and celebrate these rising stars of YA fiction. These are all very different stories (they feature a girl with wings, a burned punk rocker, a poet trying to put the pieces of her life together, a dragon slayer, and a grunge fan in Ireland) but they all talk to the hearts and minds of young people.
The 2015 Morris finalists are:
If you're going to the ALA Mid-Winter in Chicago, join all five of the finalist at the Children's Plus, booth 4826, for a book-signing and animated conversation. Celebrate YA Literature by supporting these writers and their books. 
DAY 1!
Lucy Tonkin at THE READING DATE starts us off with an introduction to the MORRIS AWARDS and to each of the books. 
Lyn Miller-Lachmiller at The Pirate Tree interviews Isabel Quintero, author of GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES. 
Libertad and Guinivere Tomas at TWINJA BOOK REVIEWS review SCAR BOYS by Len Vlahos. 
Wacky Momma! Kelly Ackerman at THIS WACKY MOMMA READS reviews THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY by Jessie Foley. 
Heidi at THE YA BIBLIOPHILE reviews THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton.
THE STORY OF OWEN: DRAGON SLAYER OF TRONDHEIM gets aDay 1 two-fer. First, at EDUCATING ALICE, author E.K. Johnson writes about her own book, and then at WRITERS' RUMPUS  guest reviewer Joyce Audy Zarins talks about this witty adventure novel. 





Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get Ready for MY TATA'S REMEDIES!

MY TATA’S REMEDIES
LOS REMEDIOS DE MI TATA
by Roni Capin-Rivera Ashford
illustrated by Antonio Castro L.

A bilingual story of family and traditional wisdom.

Aaron asks his grandfather to teach him how to heal people using natural remedies. For an entire day, Tata and Aaron respond to a variety of complaints—from bee stings to eye infections. While Tata and Aaron minister to people's bodies, his grandmother Nana offers remedies for their soul with delicious empanadas and warm hospitality.

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford grew up in the Sonoran desert on the Arizona side of the U.S.-Mexico border. She was a bilingual preschool and elementary school teacher for over thirty years. Now retired, she works as an author, editor, and translator.

Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press).

Praise for My Tata’s Remedies

“This charming book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants.” —Andrew Weil M.D.

“Roni, your book is full of treasures!  Roni, tu libro está lleno de tesoros!”
—Yuyi Morales

“My Tata’s Remedies is essential to the efforts of recognizing the significance of the traditional home culture of Latino children.” —Alma Flor Ada

“This is a treasure chest filled with memories of my grandparents and my mother.”
—Raúl H. Castro, former Governor and U.S. Ambassador

978-1-935955-91-7, cloth $17.95
978-1-935955-89-4, paper, $8.95/
978-1-935955-90-0, ebook, $8.95

Distributed by Consortium Book Sales / Publishes April 2015

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SHOP CINCO PUNTOS THIS CHRISTMAS!


Whether You Shop In-Store or Online
Take 25% Off All December
 
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Shop our national headquarters in El Paso or online at Cinco Puntos Press and get 25 percent off all of your purchases through December on orders $20+
 
** Call Mary Fountaine at 915-838-1625 to ask about quantity discounts for schools and literacy programs. ** 
Pig Park  Gabi A Girl in Pieces  

Novels for Young Adults
 
Celebrated Latina Authors      The D-Bow Hoops Series
Ghosts & Teen Romance

Cinco Puntos has the perfect stocking stuffers for the young adult readers in your life. For teenage girls interested in real-life high school struggles, try these two celebrated novels by rising Latina stars Isabel Quintero and Claudia Guadalupe Martinez.
 
Shirley Vernick shines, too, with her new novel about ghosts and sexy high school romance, 
The Black Butterfly.​ 

For the b-ballers on your list, Kevin Waltman's series is a great choice. This season, he scores again with Slumpthe sophomore installment of his D-Bow High School Hoops Series.

Next     The Black Butterfly   Slump
Adult Novels

Of course, there are also books for you and me. Our latest offerings include great page-turning novels for best friends and your own wintertime reading table. 
A Tightly Raveled Mind
A Tightly Raveled Mind
Diane Lawson’s hot new mystery novel, A Tightly Raveled Mind.  ”A cunning, elegantly written comedy of manners in the form of a murder mystery in which a psychoanalyst finds her wealthy clientele dropping. Literally…This shrink can really throw it down.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Lawson, Diane
ISBN 9781935955924
$USD $16.95 · CAD $18.50 ·Trade Paper
The Amado Women
The Amado Women
Désirée Zamorano’s Amado Women celebrated by none other than Dagoberto Gilb: “Far from the cholos and maids of a cliché Latino Los Angeles, these beautiful Amado women dine at chichi hotels and restaurants, carry plush designer bags, and steer new cars into suburbias. But Zamorano doesn’t leave it at that—because even an American dream-fulfilled life is still full of real life, and what alone endures is family.”

Zamorano, Désirée
ISBN 9781935955733
$USD $16.95 · CAD $18.50 ·Trade Paper
Cold Type
Cold Type
It’s not all a woman’s world. In Cold Type New York Times columnist Harvey Araton tells a gripping tale of the newspaper industry in New York City when things were beginning to fall apart. Robert Lypsite says, “Father and son face their demons, each other, and a depressingly realistic publisher in a newspaper yarn that made me yell ‘Hold the front page!’”

Araton, Harvey
ISBN 9781935955719
$USD $15.95 · CAD $17.50 ·Trade Paper
Otherwise, My Life is Ordinary
Otherwise, My Life is Ordinary
Looking for stocking stuffers? Throw in Bobby Byrd’s new book of poems, Otherwise, My Life is OrdinaryWhy? Because Bobby makes a good pot of beans.

Growing up in Memphis, #3:
In 1952 Dewey Phillips invented Elvis.
It happened on the radio.
Rock n' Roll saved my life.
In 1960 the bad guys sold Elvis into slavery.
Don't let anybody tell you different.
Bryd, Bobby
ISBN 9781935955757
$USD $15.95 · CAD $17.50 ·Trade Paper
 
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