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2020 Top 10 “New” Latino Latinx Authors You, Your Family, and Teachers Need to Read

October 2020

Latino Stories features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From on their 2020 Top 10 List. The staff of Latino Stories writes: “In Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, Jennifer De Leon delivers a tightly-woven tale about the challenges Liliana Cruz faces when she’s accepted into a high school integration program aiming to reduce racial isolation. Can Liliana truly and fully be? She can, but not without growing pains: like helping out her younger brother while Mom works or worrying about her recently-deported father.”

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10 Best Young Adult Books by Latinx Authors to Read Now

October 2020

The Mujerista features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 10 best YA books by Latinx authors to read in 2020. Writes Virginia Isaad: “There are heavy topics handled adeptly by De Leon, including racism, immigration politics, and code-switching that make it a timely read for teens.”

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The 20 Best Young Adult Books You’ll Read All Year

October 2020

Cosmopolitan features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 20 best YA books of 2020. Writes Kelly Allen and Elizabeth Ann Entenmen, “In this gripping novel, Liliana Cruz is a first-gen American LatinX who attends a mostly white school, where racial tensions are high. While trying to survive in that environment, she learns a family secret that puts her in a position where she needs to take a stand and speak her truth.”

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#ColorlinesReads: 33 Books for Summer 2020

July 2020

Colorlines features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 33 books for summer 2020. Writes Catherine Lizette Gonzalez of #ColorlinesReads: “In Jennifer de Leon’s Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, a Central American teenager deals with the stresses of life at home with her immigrant family and the predominantly white school she attends through a desegregation program.”

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15 YA Novels Coming Out in Summer 2020 That Need to Be on Your Reading List

July 2020

Popsugar features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 15 YA must-read novels in summer 2020, recommended by Corinne Sullivan, Popsugar contributor.

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The 15 Best Young Adult Books You Literally Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Year

June 2020

Cosmopolitan features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 15 best YA books of 2020. Writes Kelly Allen of Cosmopolitan: “…you literally won’t be able to stop reading these YA books, despite your self-declared 10 p.m. bedtime.”

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30 YA Books by Latinx Authors We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020

March 2020

BuzzFeed features Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From as one of 30 YA books by Latinx authors to look out for and read in 2020, recommended by BuzzFeed contributor Zoraida Córdova.

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Teen Vogue Cover Reveal and Excerpt

November 2019

Teen Vogue announced the cover reveal for Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon. Writes P. Claire Dodson, “Jennifer De Leon’s YA debut tackles racism, code-switching, and more. The novel follows 15-year-old Liliana Cruz as she transfers to a majority white high school.”

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