Today we’re excited to reveal the cover for A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar! The cover was illustrated by Karina Perez and designed by Jessica Jenkins. The book will be released on October 25, 2022 by Dial Books. Preorder it here, here, here, or here.
A farm working girl with big dreams meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins the 1965 protest for migrant workers’ rights in this tender-hearted middle grade novel in verse, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Lula Viramontes dreams of one day becoming someone whom no one can ignore: a daring ringleader in a Mexican traveling carpa, despite her father’s traditional views of what girls should be. When her family arrives for the grape harvest in Delano, California, Lula meets activist Dolores Huerta and el Teatro Campesino (the official theater company of the United Farm Workers). She discovers an even more pressing reason to raise her voice: the upcoming farm workers’ strike, an event that will determine her family’s future—for better or worse.
Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (International Latino Book Award Winner, America’s Award Honor) and LAND OF THE CRANES (Winner of the Américas Award, the California Library Association Beatty Award, the Northern CA Book Award. Honor winner of the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award, Jane Addams Peace Award, International Latino Book Award). Her other and forthcoming books include the picture book anthology, IN THE SPIRIT OF A DREAM: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color (Fall, 2021), the novel, A SEED IN THE SUN (Fall, 2022), the bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: The Story of a Freedom Fighter (Spring, 2023), and the anthology CALLING THE MOON: Period Stories by BIPOC Authors (Spring, 2023). Aida is a founding member of LAS MUSAS – a Latinx kidlit debut author collective. Her story, “By the Light of the Moon,” was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.