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My Papi Has a Motorcycle
By (author): Isabel Quintero Illustrated by: Zeke Peña
9780525553410 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino May 14, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 9.31 x 11.38 x 0.36 in 40 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Penguin Young Readers Group Kokila
A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.

But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl’s love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Isabel Quintero’s lyrical debut, Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, won the 2015 Morris Award for Debut YA Fiction and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

SUBTLE APPROACH TO A TIMELY TOPIC: Gentrification is on the rise in many urban areas, affecting lower income families and pulling children into conversations about displacement. My Papi Has a Motorcycle offers necessary emotional vocabulary for these discussions.

FATHER-DAUGHTER BOND makes this perfect for Father’s Day promotions, but themes of family, community, and coping with change also ensure that this book will live on the shelf year-round.

AWARD-CONTENDER: A multigenerational story about community and culture, this book is a good match for fans of Last Stop on Market Street, A Different Pond, and Islandborn.

FRESH, CONTEMPORARY ART STYLE: Graphic illustrator Zeke Peña’s bold line and digital watercolor approach will appeal to kids and collectors alike.

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TEAM: Isabel and Zeke received a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for their collaboration, Photographic, a graphic biography of Graciela Iturbide.

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: Fulfills Kokila’s mission of centering stories from the margins, celebrating the full range of authors’ experiences, and answering the call for more diverse children’s literature.

Isabel Quintero was born and raised by Mexican immigrant parents in Southern California’s Inland Empire. She earned her BA in English and her MA in English Composition at California State University, San Bernardino. Her debut YA novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, won the 2015 Morris Award for Debut YA Fiction and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

Author Residence: Inland Empire, CA

Zeke Peña is a cartoonist and illustrator from El Paso, Texas. He studied Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and is self-taught in illustration and painting. He has published work with, Latino USA, The Believer Magazine, The Nib, Penguin Random House, Holt/Macmillan and Cinco Puntos Press. In 2018 he received the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for a graphic biography he illustrated titled Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. You can see more of his work at

Illustrator Residence: El Paso, Texas

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by Isabel Quintero; Illustrated by Zeke Peña

2019 Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) Book Award Finalist

* “A heartwarming story that centers joy in the midst of looming change.” - Booklist, starred review

* “An evocative love letter.” - Horn Book, starred review

* “The love between the girl and her father is palpable, but her connection to her city…is at the story’s heart.” - Publishers Weekly

* “Quintero’s warm, economical text and the desert-sunset tones of Peña’s comics-inflected art feel like a revelation.” - The New York Times


by Isabel Quintero; Illustrated by Zeke Peña

* “Quintero and Peña have set a new standard in artist biographies.”—School Library Journal, starred review

* “A powerful homage.”—The Horn Book, starred review

* “Eye-opening and masterfully rendered.”—Booklist, starred review

2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner

2018 Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award Winner


by Isabel Quintero

* “[An] authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Fresh, self-aware, and reflective.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “I think there are many authors—and Isabel sits squarely in this group—who don’t shy away from telling young people the truth. Who are producing work for young women that really dignifies their intelligence and dignifies their experience.”—Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

* “Voracious, bold, truthful and timely.”—Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate

2015 Tomás Rivera Book Award, Works for Older Children

2015 William C. Morris Award

2015 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

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