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Lola Reyes Is So Not Worried

Lola Reyes Is So Not Worried

Current price: $19.99
Publication Date: September 17th, 2024
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a girl in a red plaid shirt and shorts is gritting her teeth and backed up against a set of purple lockers as a boy holding a lacrosse stick looks on as small creatures run past, with the title LOLA REYES IS SO NOT WORRIED

In this magical middle grade adventure by Cindy L. Rodriguez, a Guatemalan American girl fights to stop her cursed worry dolls before they blanket her friends and neighbors in anxiety—and the grief she carries over the loss of her father. Perfect for fans of The Doll People and The Total Eclipse of Nester Lopez!

Lola Reyes doesn’t want to leave Guatemala, a place full of warmth and sun, laughter and music—where her abuela and prima and tíos and tías surround her with love. Back in Sunnyside, it’s cold. There’s schoolwork and chores. And her mama transforms into Lola’s super-serious school principal, Dr. Reyes.

Back at home...Lola can see, crystal clear, the empty place where Pop used to be. So Lola decides to bring a little bit of Guatemala—and Pop—back with her. She discovers his box of childhood worry dolls and sneaks them into her luggage, ignoring the warnings on the box not to use them. Later, when she tells them all her worries, from her friendship woes to the way Mama won’t talk about how sad she is, the worry dolls come to life. Worse—they escape.

Lola has to enlist her neighbor and nemesis, Chance Townsend, to recapture the dolls because she discovers they’re cursed. And as they absorb worries, they’ll grow bigger and bigger. If Lola can’t find a way to stop them, they’ll burst, releasing all the worries they’ve absorbed a hundredfold on everyone in town. But when breaking the curse might mean confronting her own anxieties and grief, will Lola be able face her emotions before it’s too late? 

About the Author

Cindy L. Rodriguez is a lifelong book nerd and longtime advocate for Latinxs in children's literature. She is the author of the YA novel When Reason Breaks and the award-winning picture book Three Pockets Full: A Story of Love, Family, and Tradition. She has also written several projects for Capstone. Cindy, who is of Puerto Rican and Brazilian descent, has degrees in English and journalism from UConn and Central Connecticut State University and has worked as a journalist and middle school teacher. She is now a senior editor for an educational publisher. When she's not working, reading, or writing, she's hanging out with her family and two dogs in Connecticut. She is super fond of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut. Find her online at