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Marcia Argueta Mickelson

Author of Young Adult Fiction

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The Huaca

Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom’s murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

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Where I Belong

 In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros “Millie” Vargas knows her life is about to change. Faced with journalists, trolls, and anonymous threats Millie must confront the complexity of her past, the uncertainty of her future, and her place in the country that she believed was home.

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Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom’s murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

An immigrant teen fights for her family, her future, and the place she calls home. In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros “Millie” Vargas knows her life is about to change. Faced with journalists, trolls, and anonymous threats Millie must confront the complexity of her past, the uncertainty of her future, and her place in the country that she believed was home.

Reviews

“Cast into the political firestorm of an aspiring U.S. senator’s campaign, a Guatemalan immigrant teen grapples with her newfound notoriety.

It’s the end of Milagros Vargas’ senior year of high school in Corpus Christi, Texas. So far, aspiring marine biologist Millie’s accepted a spot at Stanford, although her mom doesn’t yet know this. As Millie became the second caretaker of her family after her father’s death, her mom expanded her housekeeping job for the Wheelers, an affluent White family. For Millie, Mr. Wheeler’s campaign for the U.S. Senate means her mom will be away from her family more, caring for the Wheelers’ young daughter. Then, the senatorial candidate highlights Millie and her family as examples of exemplary immigrants during a campaign speech, resulting in public support as well as hostility from internet trolls and anonymous haters. When someone sets the Vargas home on fire, they have no choice but to accept the offer to temporarily move in with the Wheelers, even as Millie finds herself inexplicably drawn toward their son, Charlie. Setting her story against the backdrop of a nameless, anti-immigrant White House administration, Mickelson does a remarkable job of plunging into complex issues with tremendous nuance. Millie’s acquired U.S. citizenship, after arriving as an undocumented asylum seeker, further complicates the discourse, raising stark questions around common debates about which immigrants “deserve” to be welcomed. Full of thought-provoking conversations, messy answers, and lots of heart, this novel’s a quiet knockout.

Utterly compelling.”

Kirkus Review

5/5
"A thought-provoking book. Filled with courage, Millie will show us the way to a kinder, more compassionate way of being in the world."
Guadalupe Garcia McCall,
author of Summer of the Mariposas
5/5
"The Huaca has just the right amount of magic, a perfect dash of romance, and a mystery that will satisfy readers from beginning to end. A breathless read."
ELANA JOHNSON AUTHOR OF possession
5/5
"Mickelson skillfully brings an ancient artifact into a contemporary setting. She opens the door to a place where the living and the dead can reunite, and, more important, to the secrets of friendship, love, and trust."
diana lopez, author of Confetti Girl

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