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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina

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Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Junior Library Guild Selection

Mismatched and fabulous Marisol McDonald celebrates her Peruvian and Scottish heritage.
Bilingual English/Spanish.

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together.

Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol-can't she just choose one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn't match. And that's just fine with her.

A mestiza Peruvian American of European, Jewish, and Amerindian heritage, renowned author Monica Brown wrote this lively story to bring her own experience of being mismatched to life. Her buoyant prose is perfectly matched by Sara Palacios' mixed media illustrations.

Author: Monica Brown
Publisher: Children's Book Press (CA)
Published: 04/01/2013
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.76lbs
Size: 9.90h x 8.80w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780892392353
Language: Spanish
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.8
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 146488 / Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match

Award: Pura Belpre Award - Honor Book
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/05/2011
School Library Journal 09/01/2011 pg. 140
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2011
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2012 pg. 20 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina, Sharuko, Maya's Blanket/la manta de Maya, Waiting for the Biblioburro, Frida and Her Animalitos, and El Cuarto Turquesa/The Turquoise Room, as well as the Lola Levine chapter book series, among many others. She is the recipient of the Christopher Award, two Américas Awards, and multiple starred reviews. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and has appeared in the NYTimes, The Washington Post, and on NPR's All Things Considered. When not writing for children, Brown serves as a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches about US Latino and multicultural literature. Brown lives with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her website is

Sara Palacios was born in Mexico City. She holds degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Digital Graphic Techniques, and is pursuing her MFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She divides her time between Mexico City and San Francisco, California. Her web site is

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