Phenomenal AOC

The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Illustrated by Loris Lora

HarperCollins, 2022

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.

  • Coming soon in Spanish!
  • A 2023 Pura Belpré Honor Book (Illustration)
  • An ALA Notable Book of 2022


★ “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.” —starred review, Booklist 

“Pure Moxie.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In the spirit of the figure, Denise writes with the fierce tonality of 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