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A review of Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

When seventh-grader Stef Soto and one of her best friends win tickets to a concert, she tries to prove to her parents that she’s old and responsible enough to go. Her parents are apprehensive about it and more importantly, need help with running the family business, a taco truck named Tía Perla. Amongst juggling friendships, the frustrations of growing up with overprotective parents yet loving them unconditionally, and standing up for what she believes in, Stef has to find her balance and stick to what’s most important. Readers will get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a first-generation child and the hard work it takes to run a family business.  This is a quick read, with some Spanish words and phrases interspersed, that is ideal for older elementary and early middle schoolers.