Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It's no fun being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family's livelihood...

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Title:Stef Soto, Taco Queen
Author:Jennifer Torres
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ISBN:031630686X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages

Stef Soto, Taco Queen Reviews

  • Darla
    Mar 28, 2016

    Stef Soto, our endearing protagonist, hates her family's taco truck, Tia Perla. She hates being picked up in it every day (everyone else's parents lets them walk home - or even take the public bus!), and her former-best-friend is always telling her she smells like a taco. Stef also can't stand how overprotective her parents are, especially when she gets the chance to go to the big Vivianna Vega concert. As the child of overprotective parents myself, I could really identify with Stef's struggle t

    Stef Soto, our endearing protagonist, hates her family's taco truck, Tia Perla. She hates being picked up in it every day (everyone else's parents lets them walk home - or even take the public bus!), and her former-best-friend is always telling her she smells like a taco. Stef also can't stand how overprotective her parents are, especially when she gets the chance to go to the big Vivianna Vega concert. As the child of overprotective parents myself, I could really identify with Stef's struggle to fit in while at the same time appreciate that her parents' hesitance comes from their love for her. This is a feel-good story about friendship, family, and finding yourself.

  • Ellie Terry
    Apr 19, 2016

    This is a well written contemporary novel that middle grade readers are sure to enjoy! It's a wonderful heartfelt story about a girl facing real-life challenges as the daughter of first generation immigrants. I rooted for Stef the whole way through and and fell in love with Tia Perla (the taco truck). And the ending was just absolutely perfect!!!

  • Ruth Lehrer
    Apr 20, 2016

    I received a free ARC of this 2017 middle grade book. What a great read! Torres's skillful use of two languages carries Stef Soto through middle school stresses with friends and parents. I loved the way descriptions of the use of Spanish words are seamlessly woven into the text without ever seeming pedantic or out of character. Taco Queen is a great story of a kid with first generation immigrant, working class parents, including the totally realistic details of a child having to play the role of

    I received a free ARC of this 2017 middle grade book. What a great read! Torres's skillful use of two languages carries Stef Soto through middle school stresses with friends and parents. I loved the way descriptions of the use of Spanish words are seamlessly woven into the text without ever seeming pedantic or out of character. Taco Queen is a great story of a kid with first generation immigrant, working class parents, including the totally realistic details of a child having to play the role of interpreter for her father. Also, I'm a sucker for good food writing and I will be searching the streets for Papi's taco truck at lunch time. I look forward to this MG book being available to kids all over in 2017.

  • Amanda Searcy
    Apr 28, 2016

    This is such a lovely story. The relationship between Stef and her parents felt so authentic and was beautifully written. You will fall in love with Tia Perla. (And all of Papi's food!)

  • Kristin
    Jun 03, 2016

    STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN is a heart-warming middle-grade debut. The main character, Estefania "Stef" Soto, won me over with her sincerity and strength of spirit, okay and her love for art. (Not to mention her art teacher is also pretty great.) I'm a sucker for books centered around authentic family dynamics and relatable friendships, however rocky they may first seem. And this book has both in spades, with a healthy dose of food truck scenes that will leave you hankering for your own Tia Perla burr

    STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN is a heart-warming middle-grade debut. The main character, Estefania "Stef" Soto, won me over with her sincerity and strength of spirit, okay and her love for art. (Not to mention her art teacher is also pretty great.) I'm a sucker for books centered around authentic family dynamics and relatable friendships, however rocky they may first seem. And this book has both in spades, with a healthy dose of food truck scenes that will leave you hankering for your own Tia Perla burrito. I'd give this book 5 tacos if I could. An uplifting read by an author to watch.

  • Wendy MacKnight
    Jun 05, 2016

    I loved this book and its slice of life portrayal of a young girl trying to sprout her wings under the overly-watchful eyes of her immigrant parents. The parents' characters are wonderful, but it is Stef and her classmates that sing on the page. No false steps here, just gloriously messy reality of being twelve years old. A beautiful book and my only complaint is how hungry I was while reading!

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Jun 08, 2016

    What a fabulous story. Torres has created such a lovable and strong character in Stef, who is *such* a middle-grade heroine, simultaneously embarrassed by and driven to support and protect her parents. Such wonderful details of her culture, too!

  • T. Kathleen
    Jun 10, 2016

    Important, poignant, readable, and relatable. I love Stef and her family.

  • Darcey
    Aug 23, 2016

    Sweet sweet book about Stef Soto and the challenges she faces in school due to the family business - the Taco Truck. The middle school relationships aren't surprising - the friend who is not longer a friend - the mean girl, but they'll be comforting to young readers in their authenticity. I loved the relationship between Stef and her parents. It really portrayed the complex combination of love and annoyance that is so real at this age. A middle school great read with so much heart!

  • Brandy Painter
    Feb 20, 2017

    This is a short, quick MG read that any middle schooler experiencing the utter embarrassment of having parents will be able to relate with and understand. (So all of them.) Stef is starting to find many of the things her parents do humiliating to the point of not wanting them around when her friends are present anymore. Added to that is the frustration that they don't seem to understand her. This is a good add to libraries because it is a story of friendship, family, and school woes with a diver

    This is a short, quick MG read that any middle schooler experiencing the utter embarrassment of having parents will be able to relate with and understand. (So all of them.) Stef is starting to find many of the things her parents do humiliating to the point of not wanting them around when her friends are present anymore. Added to that is the frustration that they don't seem to understand her. This is a good add to libraries because it is a story of friendship, family, and school woes with a diverse cast. I love how there was so much Spanish included in it as well.