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Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil

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Tia Lugo, an asthmatic thirteen-year-old Puerto Rican girl living in NYC, witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window. Terrified the killer will do anything to keep her silent and desperate to find the courage to speak out, Tia turns to her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot: the botanica.

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Tia Lugo has a deadly secret.

Tia Lugo considers herself an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl. She just wants to enjoy the end of summer, which means hanging out with her best friend and neighbor, Julius, and ignoring her Puerto Rican grandmother’s embarrassing reliance on creepy candles, weird-smelling herb bundles, and eerie statues—all available for sale at the nearby botanica. But when Tia witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window, everything changes in an instant.

Now, Tia is terrified to tell anyone what she’s seen. What if the killer comes after her too? He knows where she lives. Even worse, Tia believes he’s sending her secret messages, reminding her to stay quiet. Desperate to keep herself and her family safe, Tia turns to the last place she ever thought she’d go: her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot, the botanica.

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Tia Lugo has a deadly secret.

Tia Lugo considers herself an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl. She just wants to enjoy the end of summer, which means hanging out with her best friend and neighbor, Julius, and ignoring her Puerto Rican grandmother’s embarrassing reliance on creepy candles, weird-smelling herb bundles, and eerie statues—all available for sale at the nearby botanica. But when Tia witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window, everything changes in an instant.

Now, Tia is terrified to tell anyone what she’s seen. What if the killer comes after her too? He knows where she lives. Even worse, Tia believes he’s sending her secret messages, reminding her to stay quiet. Desperate to keep herself and her family safe, Tia turns to the last place she ever thought she’d go: her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot, the botanica.

Copyright: 2021
Page Count: 208
Trim Size: 5.25 x 8
Rights Territory: Worldwide
Categories: 
JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
JUVENILE FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Caribbean & Latin American

Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, New York. She now resides in Staten Island with her family, sweet pup, and an elderly cat who has just learned to meow. Danette is the author of The Trouble with a Half Moon, a 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers award nominee, and Saving Baby Doe, a 2014 pick for the New York Public Library 100 titles for Reading and Sharing list. Danette encourages literacy in her community via a Little Free Library installed on her front lawn.

Reviews and Awards

“The ever-escalating suspense will keep the pages turning throughout this thrilling upper-middle-grade mystery.” — Booklist

“Peppered with enriching, thoughtful touches.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] warm emphasis on community, integrity, and preserving individual histories rounds out the suspenseful narrative.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“A thrilling non-stop page-turner for middle schoolers.” —Midwest Book Review

2022 IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist, Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Young Adult

2022 International Latino Book Awards Honorable Mention – Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book

2022 Moonbeam Awards Gold Medalist (Pre-Teen Fiction – Historical / Cultural)

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