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State of the Union: A Fina Mendoza Mystery (The Fina Mendoza Mysteries) Paperback – July 11, 2021

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The second title in the new and outstanding Fina Mendoza Mystery series by author and storyteller Kitty Felde, "State of the Union" is an impressively original, exceptionally well written, thoroughly entertaining, and unreservedly recommended read for children ages 7-12. 

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"State of the Union is another stellar entry in Kitty Felde's outstanding Fina Mendoza Mystery series.  State of the Union has it all -- a protagonist you will cheer for, warmth and humor, and a good mystery story underpinning it all. Readers will get an inside look at how their government works -- Felde handles this beautifully, weaving her expertise in seamlessly -- and so much more. 

Jan Burke, author of the Irene Kelly Mysteries

A touching story of a girl in search of her place in the world following the loss of her mother. Like a lovely rainbow cake, the story is richly layered with mystery, friendship, and family conflict, and stars a colorful cast of characters. State of the Union is a heartwarming read, a gem of a book. 

Ginger Park, author of "The Hundred Choices Department Store" and "The Royal Bee"

Felde, executive producer of the podcasts Book Club for Kids and The Fina Mendoza Mysteries, combines her knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of Congress and Capitol Hill's historic locales with suspense, humor, and a young, first-person Latina protagonist who is alive with realistic curiosity, empathy, and determination. Woven into the plot, with a light but meaningful touch, are political differences, immigration issues, Fina's eventful approach to inquiry and research, and a strong, loving family still adjusting to loss and change.  A lively, diverse mystery with enjoyable, informative plotting and a relatable young female protagonist.

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I fell in love with the U.S. Capitol. I was lucky enough to cover Capitol Hill for public radio for nearly a decade, explaining how Congress works to grownups. But what about the next generation? Will the partisan bickering and attacks turn off an entire generation from public service? 
I turned to Fina Mendoza to be our tour guide to the inner workings of Washington, using her mysteries to introduce us to the world inside the U.S. Capitol, and perhaps inspiring a new generation to consider public service.
Fina was inspired by a young woman I mentored for many years, the first person in her family to go to college. She's now working on her PhD. She lent me her name and her spirit for our young detective.
In State of the Union, Abuelita's story was inspired by a young couple I followed as a reporter for months and months as they went through the process of becoming first legal residents, and then American citizens. The book is dedicated to them. It was an incredible story of faith and perseverance. I remember what Oscar said when he finally became a citizen. He said, "I have my American dream. I have my wife, I have my children, I have my house, I have my bird..." We all have our own version of the American dream.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chesapeake Press (July 11, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735976792
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735976792
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 11 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches
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Jeff Daley's review, "An outstanding read as we follow the adventures of young Fina Mendoza, certified detective, along with her trusty partner in crime dog, "Senator Something." Follow Fina, as she tries to find the bird who pooped on the president and tries to uncover a mysterious message only the Chickcharney will reveal. An outstanding follow up to the original Fina Mendoza book. Fina is now engrossed in her newly found profession, with more exciting mysteries I'm sure to follow."
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