Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood

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Two new novels, Marisol and Magdalena and The Skin I'm In, mark the debut of the exciting Hyperion Books for Children imprint called Jump at the Sun, which will explore the vibrant traditions, spirit, and experience of African American culture. Both books are dazzling in their unflinching accounts of adolescent storms and the warmth that fills us when we finally honor ourselves -- our bodies, our differences, and our dreams.
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Overview

Two new novels, Marisol and Magdalena and The Skin I'm In, mark the debut of the exciting Hyperion Books for Children imprint called Jump at the Sun, which will explore the vibrant traditions, spirit, and experience of African American culture. Both books are dazzling in their unflinching accounts of adolescent storms and the warmth that fills us when we finally honor ourselves -- our bodies, our differences, and our dreams.
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Children's Literature - Heidi Green
The first release from Hyperion's new Jump at the Sun imprint of African-American children's books, Marisol and Magdalena is about American-Panamanian culture. Marisol has long been yearning to know about her father. When her mother decides to send her to Panama to stay with her grandmother for a year, Marisol looks forward to the opportunity. Not only will it give her a chance to learn about Panamanian culture and people, as her mother hopes, it will also give her the chance to learn about her father ... or so she hopes. Although Marisol never does find her father, she does come to realize the value of her family and friends and that it is more meaningful to love the people in her life, people who "love [her] back." Unfortunately, Magdalena is little more than a peripheral character in what is actually Marisol's tale of "learning to love on two continents, in two languages."
School Library Journal
Best friends Marisol and Magdalena have a lot in common: they're both 13, of Panamanian heritage, living in New York City in a close-knit Latino community. When her mother sends her to spend a year with her abuela in Panama, Marisol hopes to meet her father for the first time, but instead learns more about herself and her heritage. (Gr 5-8) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Brooklyn teenager's summer plans take an unwelcome turn when her mother sends her away for a year in this chatty, fluent tale, a real change of pace from Chambers's angry, brutal memoir, Mama's Girl (1996). Marisol and Magdalena, inseparable since birth, look forward to a delicious summer followed by a triumphant tour through their last year in junior high. It's not to be; despite pleas and tears, Marisol finds herself on a plane to Panama City when her mother decides to attend nursing school full-time. Born in the US, Marisol knows her mother's homeland only through stories and old photographs; her initial apprehension evaporates in the warm welcome she receives from her abuela, and in her instant acceptance at school. Both in Brooklyn and in Panama, Marisol is rich in friends and relatives, all (but for one hostile cousin) loving and supportive; with the help of Ana, a neighbor, and Rub‚n, her first boyfriend, she loses her initial shyness as quickly as she improves her shaky Spanish. Magda remains a part-time character, and some subplotsþnotably, Marisol's carefully developed but suddenly abandoned determination to find her estranged fatherþare left hanging, but Marisol moves between her two cultures with ease, and her Panama is a sunnier place than the tense, divided country of Adele Griffin's Rainy Season (1996). (Fiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786813049
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 170
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Veronica Chambers is a talented author who has written numerous essays, articles and works of fiction and non-fiction. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jason Clampet is a travel editor, writer, and photographer. PAPI'S BODEGA is his first children's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    This book is bangin`

    I am in the 8th grade and this book was great. Not only did I read this for A.R. points, I read it because it was good. When I look for somthing to read, I look for things that relate to my life. This book was IT. If you like this book you should read Quincera means sweet 15, it's the sequal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

    I would just like to say that this is really a very exceptional book because it deals with two mexican girls growing up in New york i really enjoyed reading this book it is one of the best books ever made for teenage girls who have best friends that they call their'sister'

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