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Quinceanera Means Sweet Fifteen
     

Quinceanera Means Sweet Fifteen

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by Veronica Chambers
 
Marisol and Magdalena are making plans for their quinceaÒera parties, their fifteenth birthday celebration that they've been waiting for their whole lives. They've promised each other that they will be the dama de honor at each other's quince. But quinceaÒeras are expensive, and Marisol's mother doesn't know if she can afford a party at all, especially

Overview

Marisol and Magdalena are making plans for their quinceaÒera parties, their fifteenth birthday celebration that they've been waiting for their whole lives. They've promised each other that they will be the dama de honor at each other's quince. But quinceaÒeras are expensive, and Marisol's mother doesn't know if she can afford a party at all, especially not one as extravagant as Magdalena's. And while Marisol was away in Panama, Magdalena became friends with two girls Marisol can't stand. Marisol wonders if her year in Panama changed her - maybe she isn't cool or rich enough anymore to be Magda's friend.

Author Biography: Veronica Chambers is the author of two previous books for younger readers, as well as Amistad Rising, The Harlem Renaissance, and Marisol and Magdalena.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Marisol Mayaguez returns from spending a year in Panama with her grandmother to find that her best friend, Magda, has made other friends and is planning an elaborate quinceañera. Marisol is afraid that her divorced working mother cannot afford even a modest sweet fifteen party. In the months before their birthdays, the girls' friendship is strained by Magda's hateful new friends and her lingering resentment over Marisol's leaving her to go to Panama. When Marisol's mom starts dating a nerd, Marisol is resentful but eventually accepts him. Although her father deserted her mother when Marisol was a baby, she yearns to meet him. Marisol begins working after school and on weekends to earn money for the perfect but expensive dress for her hoped-for quinceañera. She starts dating Francisco, and things are going well until she discovers that Magda has been shoplifting. Magda is arrested, and her enraged father cancels her party. Marisol's, mother, who plans a party for her after all, adapts the concept of a Mexican-style quinceañera in which padrinos—godparents—provide traditional items for the celebration. The celebration turns out to be a glamorous and meaningful coming-of-age ritual through which Marisol realizes the love of family and friends. Her grandmother from Panama attends, Francisco is her escort, she gets the dress she wanted, and she and Magda start to rebuild their friendship. A sequel to Marisol and Magdalena (Jump at the Sun, 1998), this novel combines the elements of growing up, friendship, single-parent families, and values with Panamanian cultural traditions in a story that should appeal to teen girls of all cultures. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S(Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Hyperion/Disney, 189p, $15.99. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Sherry York
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this sequel to Marisol and Magdalena (Hyperion, 1998), the two 14-year-old Brooklyn friends are looking forward to their quincea-eras that mark their coming-of-age. Magda and her family are planning a huge party and Marisol is upset because her mother cannot afford one. She is also upset because Magda's new friends taunt her and convince her friend to shoplift. Marisol's thoughts and worries about her approaching birthday, her parting from Magda, and a new romance flow realistically. Spanish phrases add flavor to the dialogue. As in the first book, Chambers wraps up all the tensions and problems with ribbons, and Marisol ends by reflecting happily about the quincea-era her family chipped in to give her: "I spent the whole night dancing on a blanket of silver stars. In a circle of friends and family. Heralded by butterflies. Transformed by love."-Trish Anderson, Pinkerton Elementary School, Coppell, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this stand-alone sequel to Marisol & Magdalena (not reviewed), Marisol has returned from her sojourn to Panama City and is once again inseparable from her best friend, Magda. At the beginning of their freshman year, the two girls, now 14, are planning their quinceañera a celebration of their 15th birthdays. For Marisol, planning a quinceañera is more like a daydream since she and her single mother have little to spend on an extravagant party. More disappointments ensue for Marisol when her mother starts to date a man who insists on calling her pet names like "Marisolita"; she continues to miss the father who abandoned her; and Magda drops their friendship when she takes up with new friends who shoplift and find Marisol uncool. Despite these hardships, like Cinderella, Marisol goes to her party with the help of family, friends, and neighbors, and has a charming new beau by her side. Chambers uses the quinceañera and family traditions to introduce Latin American heritage and the concept of community. Marisol also explores what it means to be a Latina, which she finds is a term applied loosely to encompass diverse Hispanic backgrounds. Young female readers will marvel at the details of Marisol's quinceañera and will cheer Marisol on, as her special evening becomes a fairy tale come true. (Fiction. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786804979
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
03/30/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.67(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Quinceanera Means Sweet Fifteen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you read the 1st book Marisol and Magdalena you should definetely read this book. It is so great and amazing. If you don't read this book you will never be complete!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is off the hook. I'm Panamanian also so i can relate to all the 'Marisol and Magdalena' books. Read this book.If you don't you don't know what your missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book u could ever get your hands on!!!!!!!!!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book i ever read. I liked how it talked about the Spanish tradition of becoming a woman. I read this bout at least 10 times. i hope Veronica Chambers writes more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. this is the best book i ever read. i thought it was so interesting to learn about the spanish tradition of becoming a woman. it also talked about Frida who is a wonderful artist.I really like Marisol because she was a really nice and conciderate person. i hope veronica chambers writes more Marisol and Madgalena books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I loved the first Marisol and Magdalena book and I was anticipating the next book. The book is the best.