How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

by Julia Alvarez


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How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay by Julia Alvarez

A delightfully entertaining story of family and culture from acclaimed author Julia Alvarez.

Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. Like her stories for adults, Julia Alvarez’s first middle-grade book sparkles with magic as it illuminates a child’s experiences living in two cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440418702
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Series: Tia Lola Stories Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 85,881
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Julia Alvarez is the award-winning author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, ¡Yo!, In the Time of the Butterflies, In the Name of Salomé, and a picture book, The Secret Footprints. Her most recent book for young readers is entitled Before We Were Free. She is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.


Middlebury, Vermont

Date of Birth:

March 27, 1950

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Middlebury College, 1971; M.F.A., Syracuse University, 1975

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"Like all good stories, this one incorporates a lesson just subtle enough that readers will forget they’re being taught, but in the end will understand themselves, and others, a little better, regardless of the la lengua nativa - the mother tongue. Simple, bella, un regalo permanente: simple and beautiful, a gift that will stay.”–Kirkus Reviews

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How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Anyone in the age range of 9 and 12 should read this book. I recommend this book to everyone who reads it, trust me you will see what i'm talking about. This book is very interesting to the kids minds!!!! i know because i am one !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in fourth grade it is pretty good. Now i am in seventh and still like it
HenWen More than 1 year ago
Great short read, fun for this Dominicana to read. Situations are a little too easy to predict and cliche (the curmudgeon who finds his heart, etc.) but it was still fun and great to introduce my son to some of his Dominican culture and heritage. Great for ages 10+, although some of the spanish might trip up younger kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pretty good book, even though its not the best book in the world.......
Aiona Grant More than 1 year ago
Great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
How Tía Lola came to ¿Visit¿ Stay by Julia Alvarez is not one of my favorite novels off the Hispanic author shelf, but it was a very fun read and, in my own opinion, had some symbolism throughout as well as a connection back to the Spanish language through the array of characters in Alvarez¿s novel. The novel is about a boy named Miguel whose parents have recently filed to be divorced, and his mother has invited his very colorful aunt to stay in their home. Miguel has to be the shallowest character written about in literature. His aunt is a little odd and a bit fiery and flavorful than most people, but he worries more about what his new classmates would think than staying on the side of family. Alvarez wrote, ¿This is how Tía Lola becomes top secret.¿ '28' Miguel decides to keep his aunt a secret because all his friends think she is a ghost anyway. He¿d rather be liked than actually stick by his own family, as stated. Even though he slowly admits he likes some things about his aunt, he keeps her under wraps practically the whole visit. Now, Miguel¿s mother, Mami as they call her, has a very, shall I say, more developed storyline. She is new to being a single mother just in the midst a terrible divorce, and is now living on her own with her two kids. Mami is also the one who invited Tía Lola to visit. Something interesting about her character is the narrator makes many references to `the blue bowl¿. Alvarez wrote, ¿But he keeps his mouth shut. He knows why his mother is staring at the blue bowl, and he doesn¿t want to upset her memory.¿ '2' The infamous `blue bowl¿ is a symbol of the broken relationship between Miguel¿s parents, being the bowl they spoon fed cake to each other from on their wedding day, and a symbol of Mami¿s torture that her marriage is over. Now, Miguel¿s younger sister, Juanita, seemed to be the most underdeveloped character. She offered a symbol of innocence in the novel. Juanita is very young, roughly four or five, and, as I noticed, doesn¿t really harness what is going on with her parents yet. Juanita offers some basics of the Spanish language to the novel. Juanita says, ¿`Tía is the word for aunt in Spanish, right, Mami?¿¿ '1' And finally, for the main roles throughout the novel, is Tía Lola, the family¿s colorful aunt from the Dominican Republic. She is very loud, boisterous, and can only speak Spanish which offers more than just the basics, like Juanita¿s character offers. I believe Tía Lola symbolizes the idea of prejudice in America. Especially with Miguel keeping her top secret from his friends he is rejecting something different just because it is different. I also believe Tía Lola represents some of the problems in America vs. Cultural Changes because Miguel most likely feels that Tía Lola could mess up his Latin-American lifestyle, like a large majority of bigoted Americans feel that letting people jump our borders is going to ruin our country. Tía Lola has to be my favorite character over all because I, personally, would love a wacky and crazy aunt like her. Another thing I loved about this novel is the Spanish integration into the English text like using simple Spanish words as way to show younger readers that other languages are out there other than just English. Overall, I give this novel three stars as a book and two thumbs up if they ever made it a movie. It is good for rainy day fun or for some analysis into what each little piece means.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but I would recomend it to yonger readers becaws it dosen't have much action or description (although to much is tedeus). But all in all it was a good book! I LOVED and highly recomend another of Julia Alvarez's books: Return to Sender, although it can be alittle sad in parts...any way you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seqyn! Pearl! Wednesday's red. Stop disrespecting her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dare someone to write somthing! (Im not lazy too lazy to write right now. Pft. ) <br> <p> ~ P&epsilon&alpha<_>rl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was funny and entertaining all the way thriugh. I read this at school with my class and couldnt wait to see what would be happening next. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok u might not belive me but the athour is my cousin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kiss your hand and post this on three other books and wake up to an iphone under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quirky Tia Lola Has Arrived ! This book will teach you Spanish and make you smile. A delightful EBOB book for all ages. Trust me I read it and re-read it. You will LOVE it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For this one activity that i am in we are having to read this book i havn't read it yet but the girl i "like" who is in it to and she said it was a really good book so ofcourse i took her advise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book that had my full attention.
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Julia alverez is my nieghbor!
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I need to read it for battle of th book
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JayMo More than 1 year ago
I read his to be able to discuss with my daughter. I liked it but not loved it! Could of been a lttle better but kept me reading.
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