HarperCollins Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America HarperCollins Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America
HarperCollins Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America HarperCollins Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America

Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America

By Sarah Sierra

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Publication Date: April 21, 2020

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

A middle grade memoir told by an extraordinary Mexican American girl, only nine years old, who finds her voice at an after-school program where kids from immigrant families–of all ages–translate, write, sing, and perform their own original interpretations of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, weaving in themes that speak to the current situation for immigrants in America.

A young readers’ companion to the adult novel Kid Quixote written by Stephen Haff:I Belong is a memoir narrated by a nine-year-old Mexican American girl who lives in Brooklyn. At her after-school program, Still Waters in a Storm, children discuss and translate the original Spanish text of Don Quixote into English with the program’s founder, Stephen Haff. Using their translations, Sarah and the others write, create, and act out scenes that echo their own life stories and experiences, often focusing on how the government treats their families.This stirring memoir includes stories about Sarah’s life as the child of undocumented Mexican immigrants; how she grew from a painfully shy seven-year-old to a confident leader at nine; and her creative/imaginative experiences at Still Waters in a Storm with her beloved teacher.Comparable to I Am Malala, Dear America, and The Freedom Writers Diary.

About the Author

Sarah Sierra is a young Mexican American girl who lives in Brooklyn. Born in 2009, she joined Still Waters in a Storm in 2015 at the age of six. Sarah has been a founding member of the Kid Quixotes since the fall of 2016 and plays the lead role in The Traveling Serialized Adventures of Kid Quixote. She loves to tell imaginative and creative stories that will have you believe anything is possible.Stephen Haff is the founder and chief of Still Waters in a Storm, a one-room schoolhouse for Spanish-speaking immigrant children in Brooklyn, NY, begun in 2007. He has taught English, mathematics, and theater at colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in New York, Vermont, and Canada for nearly three decades. He has also made a living directing plays and writing essays for the Village Voice, American Theatre, Bomb, and other publications. Stephen earned his MFA in theater studies at Yale University. He lives in Queens, NY, with his wife, children’s book author Tina Schneider, and their three children.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 9780062943262

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