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Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away
Genre: Picture Books
ASIN: 1536207047
ISBN: 9781536207040

A big truck with its mouth wide open is parked at the curb, ready to gobble up Evelyn's mirror with the stickers around the edge . . . and the sofa that we bounce on to get to the moon.

Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today--not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. The tenderness of Meg Medina's beautifully written story about friendship and change is balanced by Sonia Sánchez's colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls' urban neighborhood.

Five starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, Horn Book Magazine, BookPage and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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"Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Newbery-winner Meg Medina may have come out in September, but it's a book I can't put down as we enter 2021."
"Newbery Medalist Meg Medina writes in the earnest and playful voice of a child, using uncomplicated words and a tone that’s equal parts solemn and hopeful. Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away affirms feelings of sadness but provides assurance that true friendship—the kind built on sharing glittery stickers—endures."
"This is a more intimate tribute to friendship than Doerrfeld’s Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! (BCCB 7/19), and Medina is right on target in her depiction of the way everyday actions ring with import ('We climb the steps two at a time, just like we always do') when you know it’s the last time."
"Daniela’s first-person, present-tense narration balances action and introspection, while in the illustrations the small, expressive figures of the two girls seem barely able to contain the deeply felt emotions, familiar to many children, that accompany loss and change."
"Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away is an introspective yet powerful treatment of a common childhood occurrence. Medina says that when writing for children, 'less is more'; she wanted to invite readers 'into the experience and let it speak for itself.' By offering little direct reference to emotion in the narrative, she allows readers room to practice empathy and take their own emotional journeys."
"Friends Daniela and Evelyn play while movers pack Evelyn’s family’s belongings. Narrating in Daniela’s voice, Newbery Medalist Medina (Merci Suárez Changes Gears) tells readers about Evelyn: 'my mejor amiga, my número uno best friend'."
"Newbery Medalist Medina’s versatility is in evidence here, showing she’s as much in tune with the picture-book audience as she is with older readers. With lines that go at angles and splashes of bold colors and patterns, Sánchez’s artwork is as lively and full of movement as the two girls."
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