My Friend

By Elisa Amado, Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano (Groundwood Books – 2019 )

The girl in this story has recently moved with her family from Mexico to Brocklyn. On the very first day at her new school, she meets a girl who makes her feel understood and whom she understands. A true friend. But when she invites her friend over for dinner with her family, she suddenly feels that her friend is uncomfortable. Maybe for her, their food is weird. May be even morse, their favorite song – a classic of longing and homesickness – puts her off. Somethig shifts, and she no longer feels safe at all. What will it be like somorrow at school? This book tells a story of how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and how essential it is to feel seen and known for who you truly are. And beautiful illustrations depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience.