Monday, August 03, 2009

MC Spotlight #3: Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa by Micol Ostow

YA Fresh MC Spotlight #3 is...

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa
Emily is a Jewish girl from the suburbs of New York. Her mother has family in Puerto Rico, but Emily has never had contact with them—- ever. Then Emily's grandmother dies and Emily is forced to go to the Caribbean for her funeral. Buttoned-up Emily wants nothing to do with her big, noisy Puerto Rican family, until a special person shows her that one dance can change the beat of your heart.

"Emily's honest, thoughtful narrative tells this engaging story of family and culture drawn from the author's own experience." ~ School Library Journal

Read an excerpt here.

Micol Ostow is half Puerto Rican, half Jewish, half reader, half writer, half chocolate, half peanut butter. When she is under deadline, she is often half asleep. Micol has written over 40 published works for readers of all ages. Her novel, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and the recently-launched Bradford novels trilogy is breaking new ground in interactive media and young adult lit. Her latest release, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) features rockin' (literally) illustrations by Micol's brother, David. Micol received her MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January, 2009, and currently teaches a popular young adult writing workshop through Media Bistro. She lives in NYC with Emmy award-winning filmmaker Noah Harlan, and a persnickety French Bulldog named Bridget Jones. Visit her website,

3 fresh comments:

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks for sharing this one, Kelly. Looks like another great read.

Little Willow said...

Yay, Micol! Emily is fun. :)

Kelly Parra said...

Micol is the coolest!