Estrella's quinceañera

by Alegría, Malín.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y ALE
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Youth
Call Number  Y ALE
In this touching debut novel, Estrella Alvarez is about to turn 15, and there's nothing her meddling mother and T'a Lucky want more than to throw her a gaudy quinceaqera--a party that Estrella would rather avoid. Young Adult."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. Estrella is mortified when plans begin for her fifteenth-birthday celebration . She envisions a large, tacky celebration and a gaudy, fufu rufu gown. Even worse, her damas (female escorts) are bitter childhood friends who accuse Estrella of abandoning them since she won a scholarship to a private school in the ritziest neighborhood in San Jose. Then Estrella falls for Speedy, a former grade-school classmate who is also Mexican American, and she feels increasingly conflicted as she moves between her wealthy school friends and the one big crazy family of her barrio. The ending ties things up a bit too neatly, but in her first novel, Alegria writes about Mexican American culture, first love, family, and of moving between worlds with poignant, sharp-sighted humor and authentic dialogue. Teens of all backgrounds will see themselves in Estrella's struggle to discover herself and to stand firm against outside expectations. A laugh-out-loud Spanglish glossary concludes. Also suggest Nancy Osa's Cuba 15 (2003). --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Estrella struggles with friends, boys and her Mexican-American heritage in what PW called an "upbeat story about the joys and frustrations of being almost 15 and straddling two cultures." Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Quinceañera (Social custom) -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Quinceañera (Social custom) -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 260 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0689878095
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