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Sarah Stewart & David Small

The Quiet Place

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    The Quiet Place

    Join us for a release party celebrating Sarah Stewart and David Small’s new book The Quiet Place about a young girl who moves to the United States and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico.

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish. But she also experiences some wonderful new things--her first snow storm and a teacher who does not speak Spanish but has a big smile. Even better, Papa and her brother Chavo help her turn a big box into her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds more and more on to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels the most at home in her new country while she learns to adjust to the changes in her life.

    Set in the 1950s and told through Isabel’s letters to her aunt, Sarah Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small have created a charming and unforgettable young heroine who will win the hearts of readers in this story of immigration and assimilation.

    Reviews

    “A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant’s isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe haven and a bridge.” —Kirkus, starred

    “A moving, memorable portrayal of one child’s immigrant experience.”—Booklist, starred

    “Stewart and Small offer a stirring, backyard-size metaphor for the determination and drive for self-betterment that characterize the immigrant experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred

    About the Authors

    Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, most recently The Friend. Small has also written and/or illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.