Tired of getting her hair straightened at the salon, Dominican American Marlene goes to her aunt for affirmation and hair care tips. This graphic novel challenges societal beauty standards while celebrating naturally curly hair.


 “Oretga’s work focuses on mother-daughter and family relationships, how beauty standards can affect youth, all while tackling the challenges of anti-Blackness in Latinx communities,” said 2023 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee Chair Diane Olivo-Posner.

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