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Preorder: Emergency Quarters (Carlos Matias)

Preorder: Emergency Quarters (Carlos Matias)

$19.99

Available May 28, 2024

Orders are not processed to ship until all items on the order have arrived at the shop. If you would like to receive your in-stock items beforehand, please place that order separately.  

Author Carlos Matias and Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning illustrator Gracey Zhang deliver a stunning picture book based on a finalist in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary “Best of the Year,” about a young boy in the city who tries his best to avoid spending his precious quarters on tempting local treats but instead saves them for an “emergency.” Perfect for fans of Matt de La Peña, Antwan Eady, and Jacqueline Woodson. 

Ernesto has waited his whoooole life to become a niño grande. A big boy. Now he’s finally old enough to walk the six blocks to school without his parents. Every morning, his mom hands him a shiny new quarter and reminds him they’re for emergencies. If Ernesto needs her, she’s only a payphone call away.

But each day reveals a tempting new treat to enjoy with his friends: crisp packs of baseball cards, arcade games, hot tamales, and fresh juices! Ernesto has the coins jingling in his pocket, so how will he choose to spend them?    

Illustrated by Gracey Zhang