• Margarita in the Spotlight

  • By: Maria Frazer
  • Narrated by: Adriana Gaviria
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This middle grade story has it all: humor, heart, and country music - including original songs!

Margarita McCoy plays banjo and sings backup in her stepsister Stephanie McCoy’s wildly popular country music band. 

Margarita isn’t particularly passionate about music, but she loves Stephanie and would do anything to help her - and that includes being thrust into the media spotlight after an article in the New York Times calls out country music for its lack of diversity. Since Margarita’s father is Mexican American, the McCoys' record label wants to use her to show that they aren’t as whitewashed as the article says. 

For Margarita, the media frenzy is overwhelming and quickly has her considering how exactly she should define herself and her identity. How Mexican American is she? How should she use her 15 minutes of fame? And how come no one ever taught her about Selena Quintanilla?

Margarita in the Spotlight is a fun and empowering story about identity, family, music, and the power of finding your voice - featuring original music that will delight your ears and get your toes tapping!

©2020 Maria Frazer (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Maria Frazer became a fan of country music as a kid when her school bus driver played country radio on the ride to school each day. Like Margarita, she is of mixed Mexican-American and white heritage, and loves her family, community, and breakfast tacos. Maria lives in Texas, where she was born and raised.

About the Performer

Adriana Gaviria is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, director, advocate, and creative producer. She is founding member and artistic producer of The Sol Project, lead producer of SolFest, and founder of North Star Projects. She serves on the national advisory boards of 50 Playwrights Project and FIU Theatre Alumni, the executive team of Parent Artist Advocacy League, and the national steering committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons. BFA, Florida International University; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Adriana embraces the human spirit and aims to empower, inspire and build community through her work.
Photographed by Jeff Galfer

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Funny and heartfelt

A debut that lives up to the hype! Maria Frazer spins a tale of identity, sisterhood, and country music like nothing you've heard before. Filled with laugh out loud moments and a fantastic original soundtrack, this is not one to be missed! Can't wait for Maria's next book!

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Illustrious | Brilliantly Outstanding

Mrs. Maria Frazer's subversive brilliance shines in new and unexpected ways with this story. The music/songs played during the story.. was a brilliant and unique touch to connect closer to the characters. I love how this story tackles the subject of not only race, but discrimination, culture, tradition, identity and issues that kids see in the news everyday and are sort of confused as to what is going on. This book would be very beneficial to ALL kids from different backgrounds... and also to some adults to get a better understanding and improve your understanding of the thoughts and feelings of other cultures.

-Fidel Jr.

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A Loving Family Taking on Our World Together

Great storyline, can't wait for the sequels. Love where the plots are taking us. So captivating.

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An intelligent voice

I love that Maria Frazer does not dumb down her message or story because she targets a young audience. It is an excellent story about the love of family. It carries a strong positive message about being from a mixed ethnic heritage and a blended family while finding your place in the world. All this in addition to addressing difficult issues like racism, homosexuality, and the realities of ICE for the Hispanic population. Highly recommend!

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Courageous, Empowering, and Fun!

This was my first time in a long time listening to an audiobook and "Margarita in the Spotlight" was an absolute delight! I LOVED every minute of the story and the songs and music were outstanding! This book covers so many topical issues in society and will spark important conversations and dialogue amongst kids and adults alike. The main character and supporting characters have well developed personalities that are empowering, bold, personable, and lively. I appreciated the focus on diversity and journeys the characters go through in discovering their own identity and culture and challenging the status quo. This book offers many teachable moments, has an uplifting storyline, and is enjoyable and funny to listen to.

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Sweet and heartfelt!

I loved every moment of MARGARITA IN THE SPOTLIGHT! A wonderful middle-grade novel by about sisterhood, identity, and of course awesome original music.

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I like it a lot.

The audiobook is amazing. The story is light, interesting, and funny. The narration is good and I loved the songs. This is how the audiobook should be recorded.

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A great story with a positive message and catchy songs! I can't wait to share it with my daughters and enjoyed listening to it very much!

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Loved this book

Good story line. I also like the bit of music that was added to the story.

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My First Audible Book

I thoroughly enjoyed Margarita in the Spotlight! The characters were delightful and the storyline was engaging and relevant. The humor, the uplifting music, and the professional narration were all an added bonus.

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  • Steve Pugh
  • 11-12-21

margherita in the spotlight

it its a good story with a lot of singing in.but it has a good moral and wonderfull characters

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  • Bob Scratchitt
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The best story

This was the best story ever, I loved the music and it was so calming. I recommend it to all ages. The story line was beautiful and now I’m more confident about my skin tone. (mixed)

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  • 03-01-22

amazing

loved It best book ever ❤ 😍 👌 💕 ♥ 💖 ❤ 😍 👌 💕 ♥ 💖 ❤ 😍 👌 💕 ♥ 💖 ❤ 😍 👌 💕 ♥ 💖 ❤ 🍊🥑🥑🥖🥐🥖🥖🧊🥂🍭🍬🍭🍨🍧🍵