Phenomenal AOC : The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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A stunning picture book biography about America’s youngest congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, written by Pura Belpré Honor–winning author Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Loris Lora.

“Women like me weren’t supposed to run for office.”

In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest congresswoman in America. How did this young Puertorriqueña become an unstoppable force in politics?

Pura Belpré Honor–winning author Anika Aldamuy Denise tells the remarkable story of AOC from her childhood home in the Bronx all the way to the Capitol Building in this inspiring and lyrical picture book biography. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s empowering journey reminds us that everyone, regardless of their age, race, creed, wealth, or zip code, is capable of being a voice for change.

Anika Aldamuy Denise is the Pura Belpré Honor–winning author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura BelpréA Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!The Love LetterStarring Carmen!Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and Monster Trucks. She lives in Rhode Island with her family

Loris Lora is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in editorial publishing, book publishing, toy design, and surface design and has been featured in galleries across the globe. Her books for children include May Your Life Be DeliciosaThe Story of Barack ObamaOne Day So Many Ways, and more.


The upbeat text and vibrant illustrations depict a positive, youthful persona, and the book's message about the need for equal rights and services comes through loud and clear. -Booklist (starred review) Pure Moxie. -Kirkus Reviews In the spirit of the figure, Denise writes with the fierce tonality as AOC’s firebrand speeches. Likewise, Lora’s bright, jam-packed digital illustrations maintain maximalist energy through slick, unlined scenes of obstacles met and achievements scored, making this a glam playbook for young politicos. -Publishers Weekly

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