Going Home

Going Home

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by Nicholasa Mohr
     
 

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Felita's whole life seems to change the year that she turns twelve. Her mother begins to insist that her brothers go with her everywhere, and she's not allowed to hang out like she did last year. Nothing about growing up in a strict Hispanic household seems fair. Then Felita learns that one of her dreams will come true—she'll be spending the summer in Puerto

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Felita's whole life seems to change the year that she turns twelve. Her mother begins to insist that her brothers go with her everywhere, and she's not allowed to hang out like she did last year. Nothing about growing up in a strict Hispanic household seems fair. Then Felita learns that one of her dreams will come true—she'll be spending the summer in Puerto Rico with her uncle Jorge. Even though she'll miss her family and her friends—especially Vinny—Felita knows she'll be happy.

But Felita's summer isn't at all what she expected. At first none of the girls wants to be friends with a Nuyorican, and Felita desperately wants to go back home. But by summer's end, Felita has grown up a little bit, and what she takes back to New York City is a deeper understanding of herself and her homeland.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Eleven-year-old Felita is delighted when her parents tell her she will be spending the summer with relatives in Puerto Rico. As the American born daughter of immigrants, Felita has been called names and suffered beatings in her New York home. Felita expects to be accepted in Puerto Rico. But even though her Spanish is good, many islanders consider her an outsider, a "Nuyorican." She makes one good friend in a girl named Provi. Three other village girls deliberately try to make her miserable. They paint "GRINGITA GO HOME" on a scenery backdrop Felita has painted for a church carnival. Felita stands up for herself. She does not allow a few troublemakers to ruin her summer. The main character is well drawn, believable, and refreshingly resilient. Felita has a strong sense of self and an unconscious knowledge that unpleasant times pass. Students will enjoy this engaging character and learn something about Puerto Rico in the process. This novel is a sequel to Felita. 1999 (orig. 1986), Puffin Books, Ages 9 to 12, $11.70 and $4.99. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440414346
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholasa Mohr has written many books, primarily aimed towards young adults, and has won numerous awards for her writing.

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Going Home 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best ive ever read in my life. Its so realistic i stayed by myself in jamaica. Luv it! Definitley read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it felt so ramctic but everybody should read this its good for you
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i would recommend it to anyone who wanted to read it it and anyone who didn't,it is an awesome book i wouldn't choose another, because in a way it remind's me of my own life because everything that has happened in the book has happened to me accept i haven't went or been to Puerto Rico yet or lately i just love this book its amazing!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was really quite ok... with all that kids want in a book, like humor, romance, growning up, reality and more. However, I think she did not really stay focused with her theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were like me and you were forced to read this book at school, don't be afraid. Ithought it was going to be dumb but it was actually pretty good. Great plot, characters, setting, and good humor all make a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first read this book, during the first few chapters it was kind of boring, but then it got more exiting when anita and her friends came along. i think this book was pretty good, but not the best book ive read. it wasnt even the worst. just somewhere in the middle. felita is kind of boring, and this book is not good for literature circles because there is practically no vocabulary and even less topics to discuss. read this book if your bored.