A farm-working girl with big dreams meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins the 1965 protest for workers’ rights in this tender-hearted novel in verse, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Lula Viramontes aches to one day become someone whom no one can ignore: a daring ringleader in a Mexican traveling circus. But between working the grape harvest in Delano, California, with her older siblings under dangerous conditions; taking care of her younger siblings and Mamá, who has mysteriously fallen ill; and doing everything she can to avoid Papá’s volatile temper, it’s hard to hold on to those dreams.

Then she meets Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong, and other labor rights activists and realizes she may need to raise her voice sooner rather than later: Farmworkers are striking for better treatment and wages, and whether Lula’s family joins them or not will determine their future.

* This audiobook edition includes a downloadable PDF that contains resources to learn more about the subjects explored in the book.
Praise for A Seed in the Sun
*“There is a special power in historical fiction’s ability to blend real issues and events with engaging characters, turning the past into a living, breathing thing. Salazar accomplishes this beautifully in her new novel in verse, set in 1965 California during the Farmworkers’ Movement. . . . Led by a memorable protagonist, this novel mixes themes of growth and change with historical details and powerful observations on the abuses that sparked the Farmworkers’ Movement and the strength of those demanding justice.”—Booklist, starred review


Accolades for Aida Salazar


The Moon Within
Four starred reviews: Kirkus, SLJ, PW, BookPage
Best Books of 2019: Kirkus, NPR’s Book Concierge, SLJ, NYPL, Center for Multicultural Children’s Literature
   • 2020 Indie Next List 
   • ALA 2020 Rainbow Book List
   • Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
   • International Latino Book Award (MG fiction) winner
   • Golden Poppy Award winner
   • Américas Award honor
   • NCTE 2020 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels
   • Nerdy Book Award for Poetry
   • Lincoln Nebraska City Libraries Top 100 Novels for Youth  

Land of the Cranes

Three starred reviews: Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best Books of 2020: Kirkus, SLJ, NYPL (Top 10), BookPage
   • Book Expo Buzz pick
   • John and Patricia Beatty Award winner
   • Charlotte Huck Award honor
   • Jane Addams Peace Association honor
   • Vermont Golden Dome Book List
   • ALA RISE: Feminist Book List