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How Tía Lola Came to [Visit] Stay

by Julia Alvarez

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Miguel, his sister Juanita and his mother have moved to Vermont from New York City after their parents' divorce. Their mother invites her favorite Tia Lola from the Dominican Republic to come stay with the family for awhile so the kids won't be in the house alone at dark. Tia Lola speaks only Spanish and has an enthusiastic personality and appearance that embarrasses Miguel. But she attracts new friends throughout the town with her energy and passion for life, even winning over the cranky Charlie Charlebois, the family's landlord. Miguel and Juanita come to count on their aunt's presence and all that she brings to their family and cultural understanding. OK story, not very culturally revealing for me.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Miguel is a kind, sporty boy, who loves baseball and is trying to adjust to a move to a small town after his parents' divorce. He lives in a old but nice house with his Mama and sister Juanita. The problem is that his Tia Lola ( Tia means aunt in Spanish) is coming to visit from the Dominican Republic where his parents' both were born. How is he supposed to make friends with his weird aunt hanging around the house? Will Miguel learn to love Tia Lola? You'll have to read to find out. I like this book, because it shows that if at first someone or something seems strange, once you get used to it you will learn accept it, or even love it. I think readers who are feeling out of place will absolutely love this book. ( )
  KatiePU | Jan 26, 2015 |
This is a great book for Spanish learners in Middle School. It tells the story of Miguel and his family who move to Vermont after his parents' divorce. His Tia Lola comes to visit and teaches him new life lessons. The language is simple and easy to understand. ( )
  kgoulet | Mar 7, 2013 |
Miguel is not excited about moving to Vermont without his dad and he is not excited about starting in a new school, but he is especially not excited that his kooky Tia Lola is coming to visit and help his mom with the transition. Through Tia Lola's stay and advice, Miguel learns to love her and grows from his experience. ( )
  agrudzien | Jul 15, 2012 |
Ten year old Miguel learns about his culture from quirky aunt, Dominican Republic, baseball, making new friends ( )
  caroljeanr | May 22, 2012 |
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With her brilliantly hued flower-print dresses, her maracas and tambor, and the migrating beauty mark over her lipsticked mouth, Tia Lola stands out in Vermont like a tropical bird in a snowstorm. Her nephew, 10-year-old Miguel, just wants to fit in to his new home. He and his mother and sister have just moved here from New York following his parents' divorce. With his black hair and brown skin, it's hard enough already without the flamboyant antics of his friendly, nutty aunt, visiting from the Dominican Republic. But even while she is dancing her merengues in front of his new friends and painting the white farmhouse purple, Tia Lola is also weaving a magical spell of love and support that Miguel and his wounded family sorely need. Miguel's growing appreciation for his crazy aunt's ways, and the entire town's admiration and respect for an outsider who, without even speaking the same language, wins the hearts of all, is a funny, uplifting story.

Julia Alvarez is the author of many award-winning novels, including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, and the picture book The Secret Footprints. She writes with a warmth and humor that crosses all boundaries. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Although ten-year-old Miguel is at first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mother, his sister, and him after his parents' divorce, he learns to love her. Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about. Tia Lola, his quirky, "carismatica, " and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami.… (more)

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