El viaje superincreíble de Freddie Yates

Salamandra. Jun. 2023. 308p. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9786073827270.
Gr 3-7–When it comes to family and relationships between families, things can get complicated. Pearson’s book tackles themes of love and loss in an approachable way, perfect for younger middle grade readers. Freddie, 11, struggles with the death of his grandmother, who was the closest family member he had. The boy’s loneliness and hope to regain a sense of family catapult him on a quest, accompanied by his best friends, Ben and Charlie, to find his biological father. The story mixes in upbeat moments of magic, adding a lighthearted layer to Freddie’s quest, as he faces thieves, dons a superhero costume or two, and realizes that the result of this quest might not be the conclusion he was expecting. Pearson perfectly captures Freddie’s need to find acceptance of himself. The power for friendship and found family will ring true with readers.
VERDICT Recommended for middle grade shelves in need of funny, poignant Spanish novels.

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