It’s summer before eighth grade, and Erica “Chia” Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She’s happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She’s jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she’s passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica’s mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn’t know what she can do to help.

When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom’s health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling a promesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out.

Confetti Girl author Diana Lopez returns with this sweet, funny, and utterly honest story about being a girl in a world full of good (and bad) surprises.

by Diana Lopez (Author)

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316209945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316209946
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces

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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

López (Confetti Girl, 2009) creates another likable character in Erica “Chia” Montenegro, whose comfortable middle-class life is flipped in an instant when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of being able to concentrate on cute boys, her friendly clique (the Robins), and the usual middle-school concerns, Chia is thrust into the role of caregiver to her two-year-old brother and feels additional responsibilities at home, where her younger sister also worries about their mother’s prognosis. When the family visits a cuarto de milagros to pray for help, Chia decides to make a big promesa: surely 500 sponsors for a 5K walk to fight cancer would help heal her mother. Chia’s struggle to keep up with friends, housework, and schoolwork is painfully realistic yet tempered with light touches of humor. The many characters in Chia’s life are individually and lovingly drawn; more than just props in Chia’s story, they have concerns, hopes, and dreams of their own. Readers will feel like Chia’s family and friends could do anything as long as they stick together—and they may be right. Grades 5-8. –Erin Downey Howerton –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

Praise for Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel:
A VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers Pick
2nd Place Winner of the 2014 NACCS Tejas Award for Young Adult Fiction
A Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee Best Book of 2014 Selection
“A funny and heartfelt story…Balancing the heavy subject matter with generous doses of humor and an authentic young teen voice, López crafts a story that blends family and middle school drama successfully.”

Kirkus Reviews

“López (Choke) skillfully balances emotional moments with humorous ones, offering an honest portrait of a family under strain. Chia’s clever, cheeky voice and a strong cast contribute to an inspiring story about developing “a special kind of bravery.”

Publishers Weekly

“The many characters in Chia’s life are individually and lovingly drawn…Readers will feel like Chia’s family and friends could do anything as long as they stick together-and they may be right.”

Booklist

“Chia’s voice shines…A fast-moving, absorbing read about how one person’s illness can affect the whole family in many different ways.”

School Library Journal

“An honest, sometimes uncomfortable, but always hopeful look at how cancer affects family….Erika’s story is full of the healing power of love.”

Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of Summer of the Mariposas and Pura Belpre Award winner Under the Mesquite Tree

“[This is a] story of struggle, of surviving, and what is oftentimes a difficult healing, but a healing nevertheless. My own promesa after reading Lopez’s wonderful novel: to run alongside my wife and hundreds of thousands of others on that day of the Race for the Cure from here henceforth.”

René Saldaña Jr., author of A Good Long Way

“There is much substance and a powerful story here.”

Library Media Connection

Praise for Confetti Girl:

“This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms.”—Booklist

“An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town.”—Kirkus

“López delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times.”—Publishers Weekly


More About the Author

Diana López

Biography

Diana Lopez is the author of the novels, Sofia’s Saints and Confetti Girl. She is also one of the featured authors in Hecho en Tejas, an anthology of writing by Texas-Mexicans (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). Her short stories have appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Sycamore Review, and New Texas Journal. She has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA and is the 2004 winner of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Award, sponsored by author Sandra Cisneros. Diana Lopez lives in San Antonio, Texas where she teaches at St. Philip’s College. For more information, visit her website at www.dianalopezbooks.com.