All You Knead is Love
It's not that Alba's home life is so great, but she didn't want her mom to send her to Spain to live with a grandmother she hardly knows, either. Alba is used to running when she feels uncomfortable, but as she gets to know her new Spanish neighborhood, she starts to build connections and learn traditions - she even makes friends. Is it enough to fill the gap when she knows her mother doesn't want her?
Some of the relationships in this book are much more convincing than others - the adults are drawn with color and depth, while Alba's age-mates are not as memorable. The descriptions of Spain and food are vivid without being cumbersome, and they allow readers to take a vicarious trip and experience traditions as a beginner, too. The discussions about domestic abuse and family relationships are important topics, handled without graphic depictions and keeping the focus on resilience rather than tragedy.
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