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By: Natalia Sylvester

In this authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written debut novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteenyear-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.

But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780358124351

JLG Release: Sep 2020

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Topics: Fathers and daughters , Politics , Cuban Americans , Conduct of life , Family life , Miami, Florida , Hispanic and Latino Americans , US presidential candidates , US presidential campaigns , Activism

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Book Details



First Release

September 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 12;

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Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment


Fathers and daughters, Politics, Cuban Americans, Conduct of life, Family life, Miami, Florida, Hispanic and Latino Americans, US presidential candidates, US presidential campaigns, Activism,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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