Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Title

Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Publisher

Scholastic

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781338159318

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward -- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father than returning a priceless piece of jewelry that once belonged to his favorite artist! But the brother and sister have a secret. Do they really want to return the ring, or are they after something else entirely?

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

710L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Single parent; Family member death; Biracial; Interracial; Bicultural; Bilingual; single mother; death of a father; biracial child; interracial parents; bicultural child; heritage; bilingual child; Spanish/English

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx (Mexican) / White

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
International Latino Book Award, 2018, Honourable Mention, Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book (English)
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2019

Keywords

Frida Kahlo; peacock ring; mystery; Mexico City, Mexico; art; siblings; fellowship; thief

Diversity Impact

indirect

Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

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