An Appetite for Miracles

An Appetite for Miracles

4.52 (31 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.52 (31 ratings by Goodreads)

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This gorgeous and lyrical dual POV novel-in-verse, from award-winning author Laekan Zea Kemp, explores love, healing, and self-acceptance-perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Candice Iloh, and Nicola Yoon.

When Danna Mendoza Villarreal's grandfather's memory loss takes a downward spiral, she comes up with a plan to make Marcelino remember: she's going to make sure he eats all of the dishes he once reviewed. She and her cousin Victoria are going to help him remember through taste, through eating...even though Danna's love of food is the very thing her mother always seems to have a problem with.

Raul Santos and his uncle Mario play music for the elderly, helping people who can no longer remember via music therapy. But playing the guitar is also the only therapy Raul knows...he has been under water ever since his mother was wrongly incarcerated. For the past two years, he's been holding his breath, waiting for her to come back. And when she does, what is he supposed to do when she isn't the same person who left?

When Danna and Raul meet, sparks fly immediately and they embark on a mission to heal Marcelino...and themselves. Because healing is something best done together-even if healing doesn't always look the way we want it to.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 41.91mm | 548.85g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316461733
  • 9780316461733

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"This is an earnest, stirring novel about staying open to hope and love despite the tremendous potential for, and certainty of, loss. Emotionally resonant and deeply moving."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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About Laekan Z Kemp

Laekan Zea Kemp is the Pura Belpre Honor author of Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet, Heartbreak Symphony, and Omega Morales and the Legend of La Lechuza. Her work celebrates Chicane grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. She lives in Austin, Texas. Laekan invites you to visit her at or follow her on Twitter @LaekanZeaKemp.
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4.52 out of 5 stars
- 31 ratings
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4 29% (9)
3 10% (3)
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