¡Papacito! by Craig Klein Dexemple
Valeria has fallen hard for Juan Carlos, a handsome boy from her high school. She is willing to do whatever it takes to win his heart. Unfortunately, her schemes often end up putting her into awkward and hilarious situations. How will she convince her strict parents to let her have a boyfriend? What will her jealous frenemy, Malina do next to sabotage her attempts to make Juan Carlos fall deeply and madly in love with her? Set in beautiful and historic Cartagena, Colombia and filled with cultural references throughout; ¡Papacito! has 130 unique words and numerous cognates. Written in the present tense and with dramatic illustrations on every page, ¡Papacito! is a compelling and comprehensible novel for Novice level readers and above.