Julieta and the Diamond Enigma
By Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
Nine-year-old Julieta is finally about to put a purple pin in her family’s world traveling map! She’s off to Paris to help her art-handler dad collect pieces for a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Sadly, they must leave Julieta’s very pregnant mother behind, but they’re sure they’ll be back before the baby is born.
Julieta sees the best of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur, and plenty of great art. But things go awry when she and her Dad walk in on a thief stealing the exhibit's most prized piece, the Regent Diamond—a priceless cursed diamond with a shady history.
As Julieta runs for help, she accidentally frees the thief instead! Now her Dad’s job is in danger and he’s become a suspect. They might not even get back to Boston in time for her brother to be born. Can Julieta determine who the thief really is before it’s too late?
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About the Creators
LUISANA DUARTE ARMENDÁRIZ grew up on the Juárez, Mexico–El Paso, Texas border. A writer and graphic designer, Luisana earned her BA from the University of Texas at El Paso and her MA/MFA in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children from Simmons University in Boston. She won the 2018 Lee & Low/Tu Books New Visions Award for her debut novel, Julieta and the Diamond Enigma. Luisana now lives in Michigan, where she is the dean of discipline at a boarding school. Find out more at luisanaduarte.com.
Photo: Natalia Fernández Ceballos