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¡Ay, Mija!: My Bilingual Summer in Mexico

4 April, 2023

A young person with hair slightly below their shoulders is sitting and leaning on a bent arm. There seems to be a blush on their face. There is a person flying through the air holding a placard with the subtitle on it. There is also a cat, a ball and a flower in the air along with some red peppers. ¡Ay, Mija!: My Bilingual Summer in Mexico by Christine Suggs
Little Brown Ink

In this bilingual, inventive, and heartfelt debut, graphic novel talent Christine Suggs explores a trip they took to Mexico to visit family, embracing and rebelling against their heritage and finding a sense of belonging.

Sixteen-year-old Christine takes their first solo trip to Mexico to spend a few weeks with their grandparents and tía. At first, Christine struggles to connect with family they don’t yet share a language with. Seeing the places their mom grew up—the school she went to, the café where she had her first date with their father—Christine becomes more and more aware of the generational differences in their family.

Soon Christine settles into life in Mexico, eating pan dulce, drawing what they see, and growing more comfortable with Spanish. But when Mom joins their trip, Christine’s two worlds collide. They feel homesick for Texas, struggle against traditions, and miss being able to speak to their mom without translating. Eventually, through exploring the impacts of colonialism in both Mexico and themselves, they find their place in their family and start to feel comfortable with their mixed identity. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


4 April, 2023
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