Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres is a juvenile fiction book for 4-6 graders.
Estefania “Stef” Soto is impatient to gain some freedom from her over protective parents and the stigma of being connected to her families taco truck, Tia Perla. Stef would love for her dad to have a normal job and for her parents to treat her like the soon to be teenager she is. Instead she is picked up from school every day and never allowed to go on and trips or even stay home alone.
Finally, when it looks like Stef is going to gain a little bit of the freedom she desires, her families way of life is threatened and Stef is going to have to embrace the title of “Taco Queen” or risk losing it all.
This was a quick, fun read with a lot of the growing up elements that kids can relate to. When will they trust me… I’m old enough to… Why can’t I… All of the why’s and buts of growing up that kids have to deal with.
Stef Soto, Taco Queen incorporates Spanish into the text and we learn a little bit about Stef’s parents and the hard work they did to make it in America. This is something many second generation children will be able to relate to, along with the blending of ones culture with “surviving” life in middle school.
Stef has to deal with a bully, who doesn’t even realize she’s a bully and she also walks the line between letting rumors fly and having to deal with the consequences. So there is a lot one can relate to in this book. It also has a strong sense of family and familiar obligation. Stef wants freedom but when it comes down to it, she will always be there to stick up for her family.
Overall, a good read. This one gets 4 stars from me. P.S. why do all middle grade reads end so abruptly? Or am I just going through a bunch that feel that way right now.
That’s all for now!