COLOR THE SHELVES: A RUNNING mood board, by Natalia Sylvester

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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

Today’s post is about a book I’m very excited about and that for several reasons. RUNNING is a book following a teenage girl who’s into politics, but once she starts working for her father’s compaign, whom she idolizes, she realizes he’s not the person she thinks he is and has some decisions to make. I am really looking forward to this book because despite how involved today’s teens are in politics, that does not reflect in YA books, so I love the fact that a few books have started popping up with politics as their central themes,  this one is all the more important because the main character is latinx, specifically Cuban. So I’ll leave you with the mood board the author made for it, out of pictures she’s taken herself! Enjoy!

The mood board

Hi! I’m Natalia Sylvester and I’m excited to share a mood board for my debut YA novel, RUNNING with you. 


RUNNING is about a 15-year-old Cuban American girl named Mari whose father is running for president. As his campaign sparks invasions of her privacy and unveils an environmental public health crisis that her father may be at the center of, Mari starts to realize he’s not the man she thought he was. But will she find the courage to speak up against him—while the whole country watches?





At its heart, RUNNING is a novel about finding and raising your voice. It features characters who are fiercely devoted to their activism and characters who are only beginning to realize the power of protest. Mari’s not perfect in her journey to personal and political awakening, and it’s one of the things I love most about her. That, and the unapologetically feminist influences in her life she never knew where there.

RUNNING is set in Miami. I wanted to write about the Miami I grew up in: it’s more backyard canals and ducks than beaches and flamingos. It’s not glitz and glam; it’s its own kind of tropical magic rooted in the very real.


Mari rides the Metrorail at sunset. She picks mangoes from her backyard, and spends quiet moments in the Everglades with her father. She lives in a neighborhood that developers prey on, full of beautiful old homes just trying to hold on.


Mari knew her father’s campaign would change her life. She just never imagined it’d change her.

About the author

Natalia Sylvester_authorHSBorn in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is the award-winning author of two novels for adults and a forthcoming young adult novel. CHASING THE SUN was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad Magazine and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME won an International Latino Book Award and the 2019 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her third novel, RUNNING, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection and will be out in July 2020 from Clarion Books/HMH. Sylvester’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Latina magazine, and McSweeney’s Publishing, and are forthcoming in various anthologies. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and now lives and writes in Texas. Find her on Twitter and Instagram, @NataliaSylv.

About the book

Natalia Sylvester - Running

Publication date : July 14th, 2020

Publisher : Clarion Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.

In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.

But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?

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The gorgeous banner template was created by Skye @shuurens on Twitter. Here’s her website and portfolio.

That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.




3 thoughts on “COLOR THE SHELVES: A RUNNING mood board, by Natalia Sylvester

  1. This sounds like such a fun read! I was born in Miami, and know exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to the facade of the city…Sure, there is plenty of glitz and glam but there is also an undercurrent of secrets. I really can’t wait to read this – finally, more books about teens taking on the world – as we know they are!


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