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The weekend is off to a wonderful start for fifth-grader Tori Salinas!  She and her cousin Gina have been invited to spend the night with their Peruvian-American grandparents, and on Monday, a new girl will be joining their class!  Tori and Gina can't wait. 

But when Monday arrives, they're in for a big surprise.  Anastasia Adams is nothing like anyone had expected.  She's rich, beautiful, dresses like a princess…and treats Tori and Gina like garbage.  Tori can't figure out why Anastasia is friendly to all the girls except for them.  It takes a shocking conversation with a newfound friend to make Tori realize that Anastasia is racist! 

Hurt and horrified, Tori discovers for herself the ugliness of racism.  But, with the help of her family and friends, she soon learns to handle her problems with strength…and becomes prouder than ever of her Latin-American heritage.

Tori and the New Girl is part of a three book series.  The other two books in the series are Just Tori and Tori's Wish.

 

About the Author

Alicia Danielle Voss-Guillén has loved to write for as long as she can remember.  As a little girl, she spent long hours making up stories to share with her family and friends.  As she grew up, she experimented with many different styles of writing, from chapter books to short stories to poetry.  She has placed among the finalists in writing contests for magazines and websites, and has had a college essay published. 

Alicia loves children and has several years of experience working with them.  This has helped her understand the issues that they face, in order to write more effectively for both children and young adult audiences.  Alicia lives in Wheaton, Illinois.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing letters, taking long walks, and spending time with her family and friends.

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