The Coquies Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding

By Karina Nicole Gonzalez
Illustrators Illustrated by Krystal Quiles Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Macmillan Imprint Roaring Brook ISBN


The Coquies Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding

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A powerful story about home, community, and hope, inspired by the rebuilding of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017, written by debut author Karina González and illustrated by Krystal Quiles.

Co-quí, co-quí! The coquí frogs sing to Elena from her family’s beloved mango tree—their calls so familiar that they might as well be singing, “You are home, you are safe.” But home is suddenly not safe when a hurricane threatens to destroy everything that Elena knows.

As time passes, Elena, alongside her community, begins to rebuild her home, planting seeds of hope along the way. When the sounds of the coquíes gradually return, they reflect the resilience and strength of Elena, her family, and her fellow Puerto Ricans.

Glossary. Information about Hurricane María, coquí frogs, Puerto Rico and the United States, life after Hurricane María, and food sovereignty. “A Call to Action.” Author’s note and illustrator’s note, with photographs. Full-color illustrations were created using gouache and acrylics and finished digitally.
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