Esperanza Caramelo (English)

Penguin Random House / Knopf

(Sept. 12, 2023)

Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri


On the eve of Nochebuena, a spark of magic lights up Lita’s bakery. Esperanza Caramelo opens her eyes. Esperanza is a sugar figurine meant to sit atop the Nochebuena cake—but tonight she whirls through the bakery, singing and dancing, throwing a fiesta with all the other ornaments until . . . disaster strikes! A Christmas cake emergency ensues, and time is running out, Will Esperanza and her friends be able to save Nochebuena?

This book is inspired by my Abuelita who was a wonderful baker and story maker. Below are some of the original sugar figurines she made: