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In the midst of juggling life as a high school student,...
In the midst of juggling life as a high school student, testing her wings as an actress, and dealing with friends who don't always understand, Lupita desperately wants to support Mami in whatever way she can. While her father stays with Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she escapes the chaos of home by writing in the shade of a mesquite tree. Overwhelmed by change and loss, she takes refuge in the healing power of words.
Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita's journey is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about the testing of family bonds, the strength of a young woman navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience, and the kind of love that cannot be uprooted.
Winner of the 2012 Pura Belpré Author Award
A 2012 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist
Posted May 6, 2012
I wish this book was a little longer or more descriptive; I feel it would be more bittersweet and emotional if it was like that. Anyways, this book was pretty good--about a Latina girl who's mom gets cancer. Her family goes through so much pain wishing her mother would live, and the people at her school are clueless and making fun of her non-Hispanic accent. Great read.
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Posted November 26, 2012
Under the Mesquite is written in free verse giving a view to the life of a Mexican- American’s life. The book shares the story of Lupe and her family having to cope with her mother’s illness and eventual death. Aspiring for their children to get a good education and to have a better life than possible in Mexico, the family moves to a border town in Texas. While reading you learn about the move, the birth of more siblings, the dad working far away, the siblings relationships, the mom's illness and her death. The book is beautifully written incorporating both English and Spanish words.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2012
This book is a great read at any age, it has many verses that will make you stop and think. It also has many parts that will bring a tears to your eyes. Mrs. McCall please continue to write.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2012
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