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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:
9780833529398
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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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