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

Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez By Anika Aldamuy Denise, Loris Lora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anika Aldamuy Denise, Loris Lora (Illustrator)
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A 2023 Pura Belpré Honor Book (Illustrations)

An inspiring biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Pura Belpré Honor–winning creators Anika Aldamuy Denise and Loris Lora!

In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest congresswoman in America. How did this young Puertorriqueña become an unstoppable force in politics? Find out in this accessible and engaging book for young readers.

AOC’s remarkable story begins in her childhood Bronx home and comes full circle the moment AOC became America's youngest congresswoman. 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.

A glossary and resources for changemakers are included at the end of the book. 

About the Author

Anika Aldamuy Denise is the Pura Belpré Honor–winning author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!; and The Love Letter. A proud Puerto Rican daughter from Queens, she now lives in Rhode Island with her family. Visit Anika online at

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 Deliciosa, The Story of Barack Obama, One Day So Many Ways, and more. Loris lives in Los Angeles, and you can visit her online at

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063113749
ISBN-10: 0063113740
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English