Book Giveaway!! Gringolandia

Gringolandia2We are so excited to be back!! What better way to start off a new year than with a giveaway?! We’re giving away a copy of Gringolandia written by Lyn Miller-Lachmann–our featured novel for August’s book group meeting!! Check out the following reviews:

“Miller-Lachmann credits teen readers with the capacity to appreciate hard truths about international politics, the consequences of torture, complex family dynamics, and first loves….the nuanced relationship between Daniel and his father is beautifully delineated, and the overarching exploration of injustice and its costs gives the novel memorable heft.”–Horn Book

“How, through Marcelo, Daniel discovers the Chilean that still lives inside him, and how Courtney, “la gringa,” teaches Marcelo that the land of gringos is not only the home of those who supported the military coup…but also a land of human-rights lovers make for riveting reading. This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans’ migration to the United States.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Miller-Lachmann skillfully incorporates elements of family drama, teen romance, and political thriller into this story of a father and son reknitting themselves into each other’s lives….From the stark cover image of an empty pool used to torture victims to the intensely poignant essay that concludes the novel, this is a rare reading experience that both touches the heart and opens the mind.”– School Library Journal

You can read an interview with Lachmann about the book here.

It would be a great addition to any personal or classroom library! This is a great book to use in conjunction with the curricular materials we’ve developed around the exhibit “Stitching Resistance: The History of the Chilean Arpilleras.”  Be on the lookout for more events on this topic this fall.  To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by July 28th.  Everyone who comments between July 1st and July 28th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

New this year: We’re also raffling off one copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting!!  So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!

7 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! Gringolandia

    • Thanks for the comment! It’s certainly difficult to read about torture, I’d say this is definitely a book more appropriate for high school students or older because of that. Despite the difficult topic, it’s a good book that I would definitely recommend.

  1. Hi Katrina,

    I am excited about the booklist for the next year and look forward to reading Gringolandia. As a matter of fact, I am sending your article to all my teachers.

    Sorry about missing our last meeting, Diana and I had the wrong date! I did enjoy The Queen of the North and look forward to discussing it with you.


    Blanca A. Lpez Principal, Washington Middle School 1101 Park Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87101 (505) 764-2001

    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Bertrand RUSELL


    • We missed you and Diana, but Keira and I hadn’t finished the book yet, so it’ll be nice to talk about that one too at our next meeting. We’d love to have some of your teachers join us for book group! Can’t wait to hear what you guys think about Gringolandia too.

  2. Gringolandia is an important book. Since I started working in the field in 1999, the number batted around has been 500,000 direct survivors of torture living in the US. More keep arriving each year, yet that number seems to be a constant. The teens and adults whose parents have experienced violence in war or during political unrest have their own set of burdens — I’m glad this book is in the world, offering secondary survivors a chance to see a story like theirs, and offering others a chance to see the what might be happening to someone in the chair next to them at school.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Marge. You described the importance of this book better than I could. It’s a book that I hope finds its way into more classrooms and school libraries.

  3. Congratulations to Stephanie!! She is our July book giveaway winner. We’ll be mailing her a copy of Gringolandia! Don’t forget, our next giveaway starts today!! Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of Summer of the Mariposas.

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