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Under the mesquite

by McCall, Guadalupe Garcia,

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Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
The weight of words
Crossing borders
Give us this day
Cut like a diamond
Words on the wind
Names, Spanish words, and cultural references.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Like the mesquite tree of the title, Lupita is sturdy and able to survive harsh climates with great potential for recovering from stress. Told in verse sprinkled with Spanish terms (a glossary is included), this story of Lupita's high-school years details her increasing responsibility within her large Mexican American family after Mami is diagnosed with cancer. Caring for seven younger siblings, keeping up with schoolwork and her drama roles, and staying connected with her classmates and friends while the worries gnaw at her take their toll, but she is strong. There are also moments of intense vulnerability. As high-school graduation nears, Lupita sees that her mother may not be there for it: Suddenly I realize / how much I can't control, how much / I am not promised. The close-knit family relationships, especially Mami and Lupita's, are vividly portrayed, as is the healing comfort Lupita finds in words, whether written in her notebooks or performed onstage.--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Coming of age Fiction
Responsibility Fiction
Family life Texas Fiction
Cancer Fiction
Mexican Americans Texas Fiction
Coming of age Juvenile poetry
Responsibility Juvenile poetry
Families Texas Juvenile poetry
Cancer Juvenile poetry
Mexican Americans Texas Juvenile poetry
Dust jackets (Bindings) 2011. rbbin
Novels in verse
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Texas Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher Lee & Low Books
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781600608759
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