Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring

Angela Cervantes

Book - 2018

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father.

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Mystery fiction
New York : Scholastic Press 2018.
First edition
Physical Description
220 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Angela Cervantes (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

While her mother completes a university fellowship in Mexico City one summer, biracial Paloma gets a chance to dive into both her Mexican roots and an intriguing mystery. While there, she meets a pair of siblings who ask her to help them find a stolen ring that originally belonged to Frida Kahlo. Luckily for them, Paloma is up for the job, but as she learns more about the individuals involved, it becomes harder to know whom to trust. As Paloma gets caught up in the increasingly complicated scheme surrounding the ring, following her own instincts becomes just as important as tracking down the thief. Paloma is a clever heroine who genuinely wants to do the right thing by everyone she cares about, and young readers will likely relate to her struggle in balancing her sense of justice with her feelings of responsibility to her mother. Naturally, Cervantes includes plenty of Spanish words and phrases, which are either defined in the narrative or easily understandable with context clues. Hand this to fans of art-based mysteries. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—Paloma Marquez isn't too excited about her first trip to Mexico. Her mom has a fellowship and has dragged Paloma along to introduce her to her father's heritage. Paloma is annoyed that she has to study Spanish in summer school instead of heading to the beach with her friends. Despite her low expectations, she quickly makes some intriguing friends and gets involved in a mystery allowing her to emulate her favorite protagonist, Lulu Pennywhistle. Although the secondary characters are somewhat underdeveloped, the plot moves along at a good pace and young mystery fans will want to keep turning pages. The mystery revolves around Frida Kahlo, so readers learn quite a bit about Mexican art and culture. VERDICT A well-paced mystery plot and a rich exploration of the art of Frida Kahlo make this a good purchase for most middle grade collections.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A new novel from Angela Cervantes that uses the story of Frida Kahlo to help readers discover the true power of heritage, art, and family.A room locked for fifty years.A valuable peacock ring.A mysterious brother-sister duo.Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward -- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father than returning a priceless piece of jewelry that once belonged to his favorite artist! But the brother and sister have a secret. Do they really want to return the ring, or are they after something else entirely?