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Mala Suerte

When the usually meticulous Rosa scorches the family breakfast, Maya thinks the apartment is cursed with bad luck. Using Maggie’s grandmother’s Guide to Feng Shui (which they don’t really have time to read thoroughly), Maya, Miguel and the gang redecorate the entire place in an effort to restore positive energy but end up causing a lot more harm than good.

The Matchmaker

One evening, after Maya sees Abuela Elena dancing alone after dinner, she decides her grandmother needs to be fixed up on a date. Maya’s big idea launches a quest for an eligible sixty-something bachelor, the mother of all makeovers, and a blind date that doesn’t go as planned.

When Maya Met Andy

Miguel recalls the time that a new kid moved into the neighborhood: Andy, who is missing an arm. Eager to make Andy feel comfortable in their group, Maya tries to steer the boys away from playing sports because she assumes that Andy won’t be able to participate. In the end, Maya learns that true sensitivity means treating others as equals.

The Autograph

When Paco unwittingly destroys Miguel’s favorite Orlando Cruz baseball card, Maya decides to fix the situation by getting an autograph from Orlando himself, who is coming to town that weekend with his team.

Rhymes With "Gato"

When Chrissy’s kitten runs away, Maya and her friends put up signs and spread the word about the lost “gato.’ Unfortunately, Maggie’s Spanish is terrible, and she tells people they’re missing a “pato’ – a duck. Soon Maya is stuck with a disgruntled and irascible duck in her apartment.

La Nueva Cocinita

While Maya and Miguel are searching with their Abuela Elena for treasures through her seemingly bottomless trunk of memories, they happen upon an old menu from her defunct restaurant “La Cocinita.’ Maya quickly decides that everyone is in need of a New Cocinita to bring happiness and harmony with the magic of the old recipes.

The Letter

Maya finds an abandoned letter on Miguel’s desk, written to a pretty girl in their class named Esperanza. Thinking that her brother might need a little help in making friends, Maya–with the assistance of Maggie and Chrissy–tells Esperanza how wonderful Miguel is. Maya soon learns that the real author of the letter wasn’t Miguel, but Andy!

Teacher's Pet

When Paco stops speaking, Maya and Santiago take him to the vet, who tells them that the poor parrot is simply lonely staying at home all day. Maya solves the problem by taking Paco to school with her but soon discovers that may not be the best solution afterall.

La Calavera

When Maya wants to add some oomph to her presentation about Mexico for school, she consults her Abuela Elena, who allows her to borrow a prized possession: a calavera. Maya promises to let nothing happen to this special calavera. Her presentation goes well, but Maya loses the calavera!

Politics Unusual

Maggie wants to star in the upcoming School Assembly Day show. Her teacher, Mrs. Langley, recognizes her talent and assigns her the starring role, which she must share with a non-dancer Miguel who wants nothing to do with the show.

Tito's Mexican Vacation

Maya notices something’s wrong with Tito. He’s not interested in playing soccer or eating ice cream. Is he sick? It turns out he’s homesick. Maya, eager to help her cousin feel better, decides that if they can’t take Tito back to Mexico, they’ll bring Mexico to Tito!

Prince Tito

To help Tito overcome his stage fright, Maya convinces him to audition for a community theater performance called “The Doubtful Prince.’ When the director casts Tito in the lead and Maya in a bit part, Tito is bound for stardom – but only if Maya can find a way to keep him from freezing up in front of the audience on opening night.

The Bully and the Bunny

A hulking new kid named Jimmy McCorkle moves in across the street and – at least it seems to Miguel and his friends – begins to bully everyone around. Maya, however, is not so sure and decides to find out once and for all whether Jimmy really is a bully, or just misunderstood.

The Autograph

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When Paco unwittingly destroys Miguel’s favorite Orlando Cruz baseball card, Maya decides to fix the situation by getting an autograph from Orlando himself, who is coming to town that weekend with his team.

La Nueva Cocinita

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

While Maya and Miguel are searching with their Abuela Elena for treasures through her seemingly bottomless trunk of memories, they happen upon an old menu from her defunct restaurant “La Cocinita.’ Maya quickly decides that everyone is in need of a New Cocinita to bring happiness and harmony with the magic of the old recipes.

Prince Tito

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

To help Tito overcome his stage fright, Maya convinces him to audition for a community theater performance called “The Doubtful Prince.’ When the director casts Tito in the lead and Maya in a bit part, Tito is bound for stardom – but only if Maya can find a way to keep him from freezing up in front of the audience on opening night.

The Bully and the Bunny

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

A hulking new kid named Jimmy McCorkle moves in across the street and – at least it seems to Miguel and his friends – begins to bully everyone around. Maya, however, is not so sure and decides to find out once and for all whether Jimmy really is a bully, or just misunderstood.

Family Time

Maya and Miguel plan a family camping trip to get everyone to spend more time together, but when they arrive at their campsite, the kids have forgotten some essentials and things start to go wrong. In the end, however, la familia Santos discovers the only thing they really need is time together.

Surprise, Surprise

In order to cheer Chrissy up, Maya attempts to get the pop star, Enrique, to make an appearance for Chrissy's surprise party. With Miguel and Abuelita at her side, Maya braves hordes of Enrique-maniacs in an effort to convince the megastar to make an appearance at her friend’s birthday.

An Okri-Dokey Day

Maya assumes that her neighbors Greg and Isoka Okri must be lonely without children of their own, so she and Miguel decide to spend a weekend with them. However, between roller coaster rides, kid-friendly restaurants, homemade facial treatments, and breakfast in bed, the Okris get a lot more than they bargained for.

Chrissy's Big Move

Maya lifts Chrissy's spirits when she discovers that her father has been transferred and is moving the whole family to Hong Kong. Eager to help her friend adjust to a very different culture, Maya enlists Miguel and the gang to "introduce" Chrissy to Hong Kong.

Career Day

It’s Career Day in Maya and Miguel’s class, and each kid gets to spend a whole day with a classmate’s parent or grandparent as a “mentor.” While Miguel lucks into spending the day with an astronaut, Maya ends up with Mort, an insurance salesman who needs some help restoring his confidence.

I've Got to be Mi-guel

At Maya's inadvertent suggestion, Tito begins imitating Miguel in order to become cool. Miguel is flattered by this new “mini-Miguel,” but Maya gradually finds the whole thing annoying, and even more so because the flattery is clearly going to Miguel’s head. Tito soon discovers that the best person to be is yourself!

Soccer Mom

Rosa agrees to help coach Maya and Miguel's soccer team. Rosa turns out to be an excellent coach and all the kids love her… except for Maya and Miguel, who start to realize that maybe they don’t like the two parts of their lives crossing over like this.

The Adventures of Rabbit Bird Man

Miguel enters a comic book contest, but before he can finish creating his comic, he becomes too sick to finish it. Miguel has left the hero of his story in grave jeopardy, and he implores Maya to finish the comic book and save him. Maya rounds up the gang and each of her friends propose an ending.

Maya and Miguel, Come on Down

Maya and Miguel seem to have an aptitude for their favorite TV game show, but when they decide to audition together they discover that they have very different approaches to training. It isn’t until they meet an unscrupulous contestant on the air that they are able to put aside their small differences and work together as sister and brother.

The Wrestler Next Door

Maya, Miguel, and Tito suspect that their new neighbor used to be a famous Mexican masked wrestler. The three of them, along with Abuela Elena's help, try to uncover Sr. Lopez' secret past... but even putting him face-to-face with the masked wrestler’s arch-nemesis doesn't manage to reveal him.

A Little Culture

When Maya forgets to buy tickets for the summer blockbuster movie all her friends are eagerly awaiting, she suggests that they go instead to the Natural History Museum. Maggie and Theo aren’t quick to forgive her, but before long, they find themselves enraptured by exhibits on ancient African and Chinese cultures.

The Bet

Maya challenges Miguel to give up video games, while Miguel challenges Maya to give up meddling in other people's business. Miguel has to summon all his strength to resist the lure of electronic games, while Maya is going batty trying to keep herself from offering advice to friends in need.

The Cheery Chipper Cupid Sisters

Maya and her friends become obsessed with the new girls action cartoon, "The Cheery Chipper Cupid Sisters." They join the fan club, wear the t-shirts, chant the chants, until their devotion begins to drive their friends and families up a wall.

Family Time

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya and Miguel plan a family camping trip to get everyone to spend more time together, but when they arrive at their campsite, the kids have forgotten some essentials and things start to go wrong. In the end, however, la familia Santos discovers the only thing they really need is time together.

I've Got to be Mi-guel

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

At Maya's inadvertent suggestion, Tito begins imitating Miguel in order to become cool. Miguel is flattered by this new “mini-Miguel,” but Maya gradually finds the whole thing annoying, and even more so because the flattery is clearly going to Miguel’s head. Tito soon discovers that the best person to be is yourself!

Maya and Miguel, Come on Down

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya and Miguel seem to have an aptitude for their favorite TV game show, but when they decide to audition together they discover that they have very different approaches to training. It isn’t until they meet an unscrupulous contestant on the air that they are able to put aside their small differences and work together as sister and brother.

The Wrestler Next Door

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya, Miguel, and Tito suspect that their new neighbor used to be a famous Mexican masked wrestler. The three of them, along with Abuela Elena's help, try to uncover Sr. Lopez' secret past... but even putting him face-to-face with the masked wrestler’s arch-nemesis doesn't manage to reveal him.

Team Santos

After accidentally causing him to lose a soccer game, Maya tries to cheer Miguel up by helping him win the big carnival competition. Unfortunately his competition is fierce, and Miguel only has Maya, Abuela Elena, Tito, and Paco on his team!

Friends Forever?

After getting into a fight, Maya, Miguel, and the gang eventually realize that no kid is an island and that they are all better off as a group.

The Slump

When his baseball batting average drops off the charts, Miguel decides to quit the team. It isn't until Miguel sees Maya succeed at scoring the team new uniforms that he becomes reinspired and is able to return to the team.

The Dogwalkers

Maya and Miguel decide to open a pet-care business to raise money to send their neighbor to her high school reunion. But when they take on a few too many jobs, they are overwhelmed and soon learn not to bite off more than they can chew.

Recipe for Disaster

Maya accidentally gives away some of her family's important books in an effort to collect the most books for a local fair. The only problem is that Rosa needs a favorite recipe from one of the books that Maya gave away. Now Maya and Miguel have to get the book back before Rosa’s friend arrives.

The Pen-Pal

After Miguel start embellishing the details of his life to his Puerto Rican pen-pal, he finds himself in a bind when his pal says he's coming to visit. What will Román think when he discovers how ordinary Miguel’s life really is?

Abuela Upmanship

Maya lies about her grandmother's past in order to make her seem more glamorous. Now Maya has to prevent her friends and neighbors from discovering that Abuela’s acting career was limited to a supporting role in a high school play.

Fashionistas

When the girls decide that the school needs a fashion show, Miguel unknowingly agrees to help out as a model. Miguel, worried that he won't be picked for the local soccer travel team, has to decide whether to participate or whether to “take a dive.’

Maya Quixote and Miguel Panza

Maya reads Don Quixote de la Mancha and is inspired by the themes of truth, honor, and courage found in the novel. So when Miguel's favorite flavor of ice cream is discontinued, Maya decides they must go on a Don Quixote-style quest to get the flavor reinstated!

The Taming of Mr. Shue

The kids try to win over their new long-term substitute, Mr. Shue. With the help of Celia Lopez, Gus the baker’s niece, they eventually succeed, and in the process learn that sometimes you need to give people a chance.

Tito's Pet

After a school-wide pet fair, Tito is upset because the winners, Freddy and Cesar Castillo, make fun of his tarantula. When their teasing goes a little too far, Tito blurts out that he has a chupacabra (a mythical winged carnivore of Puerto Rican lore). Now Maya and Tito have to figure out how they’re going to make this legendary creature appear.

Real Twins

While auditioning for a reality show called “Real Twins,” Maya and Miguel worry that they aren’t alike enough to get selected. Though they try to change themselves to be more alike and fool the director, in the end Maya and Miguel learn to be themselves and treasure their unique talents.

Give Me a Little Sign

Marco, who is deaf, starts to teach Tito some American Sign Language, and they decide to do a project together. Tito's fear of public speaking, however, causes him to back out of the project. It's only when he sees how Marco persists in getting across what he wants to say does he realize the value of practice and determination.

Team Santos

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

After accidentally causing him to lose a soccer game, Maya tries to cheer Miguel up by helping him win the big carnival competition. Unfortunately his competition is fierce, and Miguel only has Maya, Abuela Elena, Tito, and Paco on his team!

Friends Forever?

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

After getting into a fight, Maya, Miguel, and the gang eventually realize that no kid is an island and that they are all better off as a group.

Abuela Upmanship

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya lies about her grandmother's past in order to make her seem more glamorous. Now Maya has to prevent her friends and neighbors from discovering that Abuela’s acting career was limited to a supporting role in a high school play.

Real Twins

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

While auditioning for a reality show called “Real Twins,” Maya and Miguel worry that they aren’t alike enough to get selected. Though they try to change themselves to be more alike and fool the director, in the end Maya and Miguel learn to be themselves and treasure their unique talents.

A Star is Born

Maya decides to take over Santiago's television commercial for his pet store to produce something flashier. Maya enlists a professional director, but he ends up replacing Santiago with an actor! In the end, Maya comes to realize that Santiago should make a commercial that honestly represents him and his pet store.

Paper Girl

Maya decides to add some zing to the lackluster school newspaper. But when people realize Maya doesn't have her facts straight, her reputation as a journalist is on the line, and she has to make amends -- before the midnight deadline.

Miguel's Wonderful Life

After wishing he'd never had a sister, Miguel wakes up the next morning to find his wish has come true! Realizing how much worse everything is without Maya, Miguel wishes it all to be reversed.

The Video

Maya and Miguel try to cheer Abuela up by making her a "surprise" video of "A Day in the Life" of their grandmother. But their amateur efforts at documentary go awry when they keep losing track of their star in her travels through their neighborhood.

Decisions, Decisions

Maya and Miguel are thrilled when they win tickets to an extreme sports expo... but the twins are soon horrified to discover that their extreme sports expo is on the same day as Abuela's senior race. Maya and Miguel must decide whether to support Abuela in her race, or to attend an extreme sports competition.

A Rose Is Still A Rose

Abuela Elena entrusts Maya with the care of her prized roses. Meanwhile Miguel begins taking wrestling lessons from Gus ""El Guamazo"" Lopez but soon gets frustrated and quits. When Maya's overzealousness in the garden leads to a flood of over-watering, Miguel finds the wrestling moves he learned useful in stopping the flood. In the end, both Maya and Miguel learn the value of patience and consistency—in gardening, wrestling, and life.

Role Reversal

When Maya and Miguel keep talking about how easy their parents’ lives seem to be, the children and parents decide to switch roles for a day. The Santos family soon learns to appreciate each other after spending a day in each other's shoes.

After School

After Maggie arrives late for class one day and talks back to Mr. Nguyen, he issues her an “after school” – requiring her to stay late one day. Maggie is appalled, since this has never happened to her before, and she tries every trick in her book to get Mr. Nguyen to change his mind.

The Wedding

Rosa's cousin, Angelina, gets engaged and Maya motivates the family to plan and execute the wedding in just two days! Though many things go awry along the way, Angelina and Pedro are thrilled by their meaningful wedding all thanks to Maya and the family.

Puppy Love

A fat little dog follows Miguel home one day, and he doesn’t have the heart to leave it alone in the street at nightfall. The fat little dog soon has puppies and now Maya and Miguel have thirteen dogs to look after – and a lot of explaining to do when their parents come home.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is coming up, and Maya and Miguel have bought their mother the perfect gift: a cat-shaped potholder. Their friends are not impressed, so Maya and Miguel decide to make a facial mask for their mother instead but trouble ensues.

The Big Fight

When Theo and Miguel have a big fight about a remote-controlled race-car derby, Maya takes it upon herself to set things right between the two estranged friends. But whatever she does only seems to make things worse.

The Best Thanksgiving Ever

Maya and Miguel want to make sure that Santiago's mother has the best Thanksgiving ever. But one by one, things don’t go quite as planned – the parade, the family football game, even the enormous turkey Rosa intended to serve – and Maya and Miguel have to salvage what could turn out to be a disastrous holiday.

A Star is Born

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya decides to take over Santiago's television commercial for his pet store to produce something flashier. Maya enlists a professional director, but he ends up replacing Santiago with an actor! In the end, Maya comes to realize that Santiago should make a commercial that honestly represents him and his pet store.

Paper Girl

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya decides to add some zing to the lackluster school newspaper. But when people realize Maya doesn't have her facts straight, her reputation as a journalist is on the line, and she has to make amends -- before the midnight deadline.

Decisions, Decisions

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya and Miguel are thrilled when they win tickets to an extreme sports expo... but the twins are soon horrified to discover that their extreme sports expo is on the same day as Abuela's senior race. Maya and Miguel must decide whether to support Abuela in her race, or to attend an extreme sports competition.

Role Reversal

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

When Maya and Miguel keep talking about how easy their parents’ lives seem to be, the children and parents decide to switch roles for a day. The Santos family soon learns to appreciate each other after spending a day in each other's shoes.

Cupid

As Maya prepares herself for the best Valentine's Day ever, Miguel is horrified to learn that he has been chosen as the official Cupid of the school and must deliver valentines throughout the school in cupid wings. When a delivery mixup occurs with Maya's free valentine service for the neighborhood, Miguel uses his cupid wings to fly to the rescue.

Papi Joins the Band

When Santiago offers his services to Miguel's band, he soon goes from providing advice to becoming a member of the band. Miguel must find a kind way to tell his father to let his band make their own decisions.

Crushed

After getting a crush on his new substitute teacher, Miguel is horrified when Tito reveals his secret to the whole school. But with some kind words from his teacher, Miguel realizes that he did manage to get the highest score in the class on a test – and also finds a friend his own age.

Red Jacket

Miguel picks up a very special “Melissa Rojas” jacket for Kylie as a birthday gift. But when Maya discovers it, she thinks it’s a gift for her – and won’t take it off! Miguel can’t bear to break his sister’s heart, but he doesn’t want to be stuck without a present for Kylie either!

Maya the Mascot

Maya is a big hit as the parrot mascot for Miguel’s community basketball team. But when Miguel turns his ankle, Maya has to help take care of him and has to miss the games. After all, she can’t be in two places at once. Or can she?

Good Luck Paco

After a couple of coincidences, the kids become convinced that Paco is a good luck charm. At first it’s great fun, but soon Paco is in so much demand to give everyone good fortune that the poor parrot is getting worn out.

Paging Dr. Maya

On a school break, Maya finds volunteer work with Dr. DasGupta, a veterinarian who needs some assistance. But when Maya mistakenly believes that Dr. DasGupta is going out of business, she launches a campaign that has even elephants lining up for treatment!

Battle of the Birthdays

Tired of having to share everything, Maya and Miguel opt to have separate birthday parties. Unfortunately in their competitiveness, they accidentally plan their parties at exactly the same time. Now all the guests must race back and forth between the two parties to catch the highlights!

Say Cheese!

School picture day is coming up, and the girls are excited to look their best for the big day. But Maggie, much to her dismay, gets braces put on just before the shoot. Maya does everything she can to make things better for her friend, but nothing seems to be working.

A House Divided

Tired of constantly bumping into each other, Maya and Miguel opt to split the apartment in half. Unfortunately for Maya, the bathroom is on Miguel’s side. Unfortunately for Miguel, the umbrellas are on Maya’s side, and it’s raining. In the end, with Tito's help, they realize it is a gift to have a sibling.

Every Day is Earth Day

For a school Earth Day project, the kids decide to clean up an old lot and plant a community garden. But as the deadline approaches, a rainstorm hits, turning the patch of dirt into a muddy mess. How will Maya get her friends out of the muck this time?

The Big Idea

After causing Miguel to miss the bus to his championship soccer game, Maya must now go to great transportation lengths to get him to the game on time. They make it on time for Miguel to help his team win the Championship, and he finally admits that Maya’s ideas are big and beautiful.

I Love Maya

Maya is determined to get the lead role in the Community Center play, but later changes her mind when she learns the part doesn't have any lines. She would like to quit, but Rosa counsels her to see her commitments through. Despite the fact that she has no lines, Maya has fun, and learns the value of keeping her promises.

Cupid

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

As Maya prepares herself for the best Valentine's Day ever, Miguel is horrified to learn that he has been chosen as the official Cupid of the school and must deliver valentines throughout the school in cupid wings. When a delivery mixup occurs with Maya's free valentine service for the neighborhood, Miguel uses his cupid wings to fly to the rescue.

Good Luck Paco

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

After a couple of coincidences, the kids become convinced that Paco is a good luck charm. At first it’s great fun, but soon Paco is in so much demand to give everyone good fortune that the poor parrot is getting worn out.

Every Day is Earth Day

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

For a school Earth Day project, the kids decide to clean up an old lot and plant a community garden. But as the deadline approaches, a rainstorm hits, turning the patch of dirt into a muddy mess. How will Maya get her friends out of the muck this time?

The Big Idea

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

After causing Miguel to miss the bus to his championship soccer game, Maya must now go to great transportation lengths to get him to the game on time. They make it on time for Miguel to help his team win the Championship, and he finally admits that Maya’s ideas are big and beautiful.

I Love Maya

COPPA compliant version for author interview.

Maya is determined to get the lead role in the Community Center play, but later changes her mind when she learns the part doesn't have any lines. She would like to quit, but Rosa counsels her to see her commitments through. Despite the fact that she has no lines, Maya has fun, and learns the value of keeping her promises.