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A sweet middle-grade chapter book about two best friends who transform their torn-up street into a world where imaginations can run wild. The Street Belongs to Us is a story of family, friendship, and unconditional acceptance, even when it breaks your heart.


Look to The Street Belongs to Us for truth about kids, how they talk, how they mask and unmask their true feelings when faced with the hard truths of life. Truly affecting throughout to its deeply touching conclusion. -Cecile Pineda, author of Entry Without Inspection and Apology to a Whale

Jimenez has painted an authentic picture of puberty with a light touch that is both respectful and endearing. Godoy's animated drawings, economical and evocative, add to the overall magic. -Linda Schuyler, co-creator and executive producer of the Degrassi franchise

This delightful and sensitive story is both rich with emotion and with cultural and historical experiences. A book tenderly written, one to be cherished and enjoyed. -Gianna Patriarca, author of Italian Women and Other Tragedies

The Street Belongs to Us magically addresses gender, grief, pain, longing, and illness, all with a writing cadence that makes us love each character like family. -Joie Lamar, author of Mambo Lips: A Memoir of a Girl Who Found Strength in Being Different

At once tender about how its characters accept each other's concerns without question, and humorous about their everyday adventures, this sweet portrait of an impromptu summer deepens through the children's awareness that their families don't always resemble what they'd hoped for, but that love and safety still surround them. -Foreword Reviews

Beautifully written, this story of discovery and healing reminds us of the power of digging deep in both our own yards and in those of collective history. -Olga Garcia Echeverria, author of Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas

Full of humour and heart, The Street Belongs to Us is a beautiful and subversively queer story that probes the depths of intertwined human loss and connection. -Cory Silverberg, author of Sex Is a Funny Word

Super duper wow! Jimenez's The Street Belongs to Us is an amazing read. A joyful, captivating, corazon-tugging cuento. It is all queer fun, family love y carino. -Veronica Reyes, author of Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives

A terrific summer read with appealing cartoon drawings interspersed throughout. Godoy's illustrations complement Jimenez's warm prose, lending a lightness to Alex's story of a pivotal summer. -Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

The Street Belongs to Us is delightfully entertaining and taps into how it feels to be young. Yet, it also has hidden depths. Readers, as well as characters, find joy in what happens on Muscatel Street, but they will dig beneath the surface to find truths about their world, themselves, and those they love. -CM Magazine

Young readers will be captivated by these strong characters who, armed with a newfound maturity, are empowered to move forward when they come to see their loved ones in a new light. -Quill and Quire

Such a joy to read! The Street Belongs to Us is a wholehearted, fun story that also focuses on navigating life's challenges like puberty and losing one's mom. -Claudia Rodriguez, author of Everybody's Bread

The Street Belongs to Us creates a complex, rich, and beautiful world. Jimenez shows us the beauty and importance of gender diversity and how kids can navigate the difficult and exciting changes that lie ahead. -Lisa Selin Davis, author of Tomboy: The Surprising History of Girls Who Dare to be Different

Pendleton-Jimenez offers readers a powerful middle-grade novel that not only explores Mexican-American identity but movingly explores the complications of family relationships, friendships and gender identity. -The Globe and Mail