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Costantia Manoli

Children's Book Author & Illustrator

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Praise for Tomatoes in My Lunchbox

"This is a beautifully told and illustrated story that expresses, with sensitivity and inspired use of figurative language, a child’s attempt to fit with the dominant culture—a common experience that will resonate with many readers and inspire empathy in others."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[S]ensitively articulated... [with] lushly wrought illustrations"

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An excellent choice for back to school and “new kid” picture book collections. This will resonate with many readers. Highly recommended."

School Library Journal (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2022

Tomatoes in My Lunchbox 
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan 2022)

A moving picture book from a debut author about the first day of school, layered with themes about the immigrant experience and the universal experience of feeling out of place.

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🍅 A Bookstagang Future Classic Best Book of 2022
🍅 An Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award 2023 finalist 
🍅 An SSYRA Jr Award 2023-2024 nominee
🍅 A Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear 'Best of the Best from the Past 10 Years' selection 
🍅 A 2023-2024 Chickadee Award nominee
🍅 A 2023-2024 FLA Children's Book Award Finalist 

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About Costantia Manoli

Costantia Manoli is the award-winning author of 'Tomatoes in My Lunchbox' illustrated by Magdalena Mora (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan 2022), available from all good bookstores.

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