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Author Visit- Diana Lopez

We are so excited to announce that Diana Lopez will be visiting our 6th grade class on Friday November 15, 2019! Diana Lopez is the author of many middle grade novels, including Confetti Girl, Nothing Up My Sleeve, Lucky Luna, and Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel. She also wrote the novel adaptation for the Disney/Pixar film, Coco. Diana lives in Corpus Christi, Texas and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria. Mrs. Lopez's presentation will provide educational opportunities for students by broadening their appreciation of literature and the writing/publishing process. Click on Diana Lopez above in red to visit her page and learn more about her. Pictures of the event will be posted here at a later date, stay tuned.

Check out Diana Lopez's Books!

Image result for confetti girl The setting of Confetti Girl is in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sixth Grader Lina Flores, along with her father, is trying to put her life back together following her mother's death. To divert herself, she and her best friend, Vanessa, write Vanessa's recently divorced mom love poems under the name Silver Fox. Meanwhile, the girls have romances of their own; Lina has set her heart on a classmate with a speech impediment, while Vanessa sneaks around with her boyfriend to evade her disapproving mother. Misunderstandings abound when Lina reacts to her father's seeming absence, as well as her own grief, by doing poorly in school, but fortunately a supportive counselor helps pull her through. Click on the link in red to watch the book trailer!

Sixth graders Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon a new magic shop in town and can't wait to spend their summer mastering cool tricks to gain access to the Vault, a key holders-only back room bound to hold all kinds of secrets. And once they get in, they their sights even higher: a huge competition at the end of summer. They work on their card tricks, sleights, and vanishing acts, trying to come up with the most awesome routines possible... Problem is, the trip is expensive, and it's money that each guy's family just doesn't have.

To make things worse, the shop-owners' daughter, Ariel (who just so happens to be last year's competition winner), will do anything to make sure the boys don'e come out on top. Even pit them against one another. Will they make it to the competition? And if so, at what cost? Diana Lopez, author of Confetti Girl and Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, offers a story that's just the right mix of heart, high jinks, and a bit of magic.

Luna Ramos has more cousins than she can count, and even though her mom says that makes her lucky, Luna knows that every time she gets in trouble (and she gets in trouble a lot), one of her primas is responsible.

But when mischievous Luna locks her know-it-all cousin Claudia in the bathroom at her cousin's quinceanera, Luna has no one to blame but herself. Her punishment? She's not allowed to wear hats for a whole month, which is a big deal because Luna's always been embarrassed by her hair, and hats make her feel more comfortable.

To make things even worse, Claudia is transferring to her school, and they're going to be in the same fifth grade class together. Now Claudia will have a chance to tattle on her even more than she already does! Luna's grandmother offers some sage advice, but since it's in Spanish, Luna gets it all wrong. When the kids at school begin making fun of Claudia, Luna must decide what matters more: family or her reputation. Click on the link in red to watch the book trailer!

It's summer before eighth grade, and Erica "Chia" Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She's happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She's jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she's passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish List. And when Erica's mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn't know what she can do to help.

When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom's health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling a promesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out. Click on Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel to watch the book trailer!

Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel retells the story of the film, as well as feature original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. Sometimes Miguel thinks he's cursed. For generations, the Rivera's have banned music from their home because of a terrible betrayal, focusing instead on their successful shoe-making shop. Miguel's abuelita, his parents, and his tios and tias all want him to join the family shoe business. And yet Miguel has a secret dream--he longs to play guitar, just like his idol, Ernesto De La Cruz. But when a mysterious chain of events leads him to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead, Miguel finds there may be a way to become a musician and get his family's blessing. Soon he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. But will they learn the truth before Miguel is stuck in the Land of the Dead for good? Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Click on the red link to watch the trailer!