Mango Moon

When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his family is left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness are now the day-to-day norm. Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child’s perspective when a parent is deported, and the heartbreaking realities they have to face, but Maricela learns that her love for her father is sustained even though he is no longer part of her daily life.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807549575
  • April 2019

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  • 9780807549544
  • April 2019

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  • Author De Anda honors the real challenge that many children face when a parent is deported and reminds them that it’s ‘all right…to cry.’ Available in both Spanish and English, this story validates a heartbreaking experience.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Touching and timely, this is a strong choice for picture-book shelves, especially where bibliotherapy is needed.

    - Booklist

Awards & Accolades

  • First Book's 2nd Annual Title Raves
  • 2020 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
  • 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • 2020 Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book, Second Place