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Firefly Summer
     

Firefly Summer

by Pura Belpre
 

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Until she learns Leticia's shocking secret, eleven-year-old Rosario can't understand why adults fawn over this enigmatic cousin who does nothing but sit around the house.

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Until she learns Leticia's shocking secret, eleven-year-old Rosario can't understand why adults fawn over this enigmatic cousin who does nothing but sit around the house.

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Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
This poignant work by the award-winning Dumas Lachtman follows the story of two cousins, Rosario and Leticia, and their journey through childhood illness. Every time Leticia visits eleven-year-old Rosario and her family, the adults treat Leticia like a princess, they whisper a lot, but they never provide any explanation. At first, Rosario's imagination comes up with a variety of reasons for Leticia's puzzling visits: Perhaps Leticia is trying out for the movies, or maybe television commercials. Perhaps she's going to become famous! The shocking truth about Leticia's visits is finally revealed to Rosario just as the girls are becoming best friends, and together they must face life's most heartbreaking turn.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Rosario Silva, 11, cannot figure out why the adults in her family shower her cousin Leticia with so much attention whenever she comes to Rosario's San Fernando Valley home. She and her best friend then decide that Leticia's visits must involve her trying to get into the movies. Leticia is, after all, especially pretty. It would be easy for Rosario to be painfully jealous except that she likes her cousin. Furthermore, they discover a lot of common interests, especially the pleasure of sharing Rosario's secret hiding place, "The Aerie." The two also share a night-long adventure in which they are inadvertently kidnapped, and Rosario finally learns that her cousin is seriously ill and afraid that she is dying. This is a bittersweet tale of life and death with the added elements of adventure and youthful romance. This slight story lacks the amount of ethnic detail that Lachtman provided in Call Me Consuelo (Arte Pblico, 1997). Still, the flavor of a Mexican-American family and community percolate through to the surface of Rosario's modern American life. That in itself should make the story appealing to young readers.Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558851801
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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