‘School Crossing,’ A Bilingual, Bicultural Story to Heal and Help

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Photo courtesy of Maria Twena.

Maria (Lopez) Twena is an award-winning marketing executive with over 35 years of experience in the advertising business and all across the marketing ecosystem. 

She is a second-generation Cuban-Spanish American who has always been interested in bilingual/bicultural audiences. For the past 15 years of her career, she has focused on the bilingual/bicultural market.

Twena just released the first book of the MariVi Master Navigator chapter series: School Crossing. The book was created to help bilingual/bicultural children who feel frustrated, lonely, and do not see themselves represented in the media. 

As a child of immigrants, Twena has firsthand experience of such sentiments. Therefore, MariVi’s story reflects Twena’s passion and care for issues of identity. 

The series centers around a bilingual/bicultural character, MariVi. Throughout School Crossings, MariVi feels like an outsider in and out of her own home. The book is an authentic depiction of the challenges that U.S. born Latinx children face. It is also a story of hope and resilience for those navigating two languages and two cultures.

“[School Crossings] was created with love,” said Twena. “I think our country and the world need books that are created from a good place, with a lot of thoughtfulness, and with the goal to heal and to help.”

Go to wearemarivi.com to get your copy!