Sisters/Hermanas

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Told in both English and Spanish, Sisters/Hermanas tells of Rosa, a fourteen-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico City, and Traci, a fourteen-year-old from the suburbs of Houston. “Paulsen has done a masterful job of creating two well-developed, believable characters trapped in environments where the elements of beauty, youth, and popularity have the highest value, and are deemed essential to survival. This is an absorbing tale that rings all too true with real-life pressures ...

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Overview

Told in both English and Spanish, Sisters/Hermanas tells of Rosa, a fourteen-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico City, and Traci, a fourteen-year-old from the suburbs of Houston. “Paulsen has done a masterful job of creating two well-developed, believable characters trapped in environments where the elements of beauty, youth, and popularity have the highest value, and are deemed essential to survival. This is an absorbing tale that rings all too true with real-life pressures and stressful situations that present no easy choices.”—VOYA

The lives of a fourteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, living in the United States illegally, and a wealthy American girl intersect in a dramatic way.

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Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Ted Hipple
Paulsen has read his Kipling and knows that "the Colonel's lady and Rosie O'Grady are sisters under their skin." In this brief tale he writes of Rosa, fourteen years of age, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who exists as a prostitute in an unnamed Texas town, and of Traci, also fourteen, whose life is a mother-driven preparation for becoming a cheerleader today, a leader of sophisticated Texas society tomorrow. The two stories are separate until the final few pages when a chance encounter brings the two girls together for a moment and Traci realizes the truth of the Kipling line. Though not up to Paulsen's Hatchet or the even better Monument (few YA novels are), this work still merits considerable attention and will be well received by teens who sense, even vaguely, class and racial differences. The descriptions of the lifestyles arouse emotion, sympathy for Rosa, annoyance about Traci. Of interest: read the book one way and it's in English. Turn it over and read from the other end and it's in Spanish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152753245
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual Spanish-English
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 402,042
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Es un libro excelante

    Me gusta este libro porque muestre como dos personas pueden ser el mismo en el interno y en lose pensamientos, pero differente en apariencias y de donde estan. El libro es muy facil leer y entender en ingles o en espanol. Yo recomendaria para todos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    English/Espaniol

    I read this book for my spanish class, It was an enjoyable read and can also help you spanish if you read both sides. The book is short and to the point. A nice comparison on two completely diffrent life styles and both end up being more similar as you contrast the two lifes. Also gives a view of what some immegrant children have to go through to survive in this country.

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