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Stef Soto, Taco Queen
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Jennifer Torres works as a freelance journalist and leads an early literacy campaign on behalf of the University of the Pacific. She is the author of Finding the Music/En pos de la musica and lives with her husband and two little girls in central California. Stef Soto, Taco Queen is her debut novel.

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[An] engaging glimpse of food-truck culture through the Soto family's sacrifices, values, and hardships. Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tia Perla.--Kirkus Reviews
[A] well written novel about family and pride and would be a great addition to the library.--School Library Connection
Spanish words and humorous banter pepper the dialogue, and the dual stories of the threatened family business and Stef's issues with classmates make a nice, age-appropriate balance that validates Stef's experience while pointing to a world beyond middle school politics. Readers will be happy to snack on this....--The Bulletin
The bones of this polished debut are familar...but Torres fleshes them out with authenticity, humor, and heart. Stef's fresh, honest voice will resonate with a broad swath of readers, as will the relatable struggles she negotiates.--Publishers Weekly
The core of the story--friendship and the importance of family--wins out, leaving tweens with a satisfying, gentle read.--School Library Journal
This cheery, relatable story features short and sweet chapters with plenty of Spanish words and phrases sprinkled in and a cheer-worthy main character in Stef, a happy, funny girl who adores art above all.--Booklist
Young readers will feel a kinship with Stef as she struggles to spread her wings in this engaging and relatable middle-grade novel about growing up.--Horn Book

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