Dancing Home

Dancing Home

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Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

In this timely tale of immigration, two cousins learn the importance of family and friendship.

A year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls find their own way to belong.

Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American—just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she’s created for herself crumbles.

Things aren’t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadn’t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupe’s hope of seeing him in the United States comforts her some, but learning a new language in a new school is tough. Lupe, as much as Margie, is in need of a friend.

Little by little, the girls’ individual steps find the rhythm of one shared dance, and they learn what “home” really means. In the tradition of My Name is Maria Isabel—and simultaneously published in English and in Spanish—Alma Flor Ada and her son Gabriel M. Zubizarreta offer an honest story of family, friendship, and the classic immigrant experience: becoming part of something new, while straying true to who you are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442423961
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 773,816
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.
Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Love, Amalia and Dancing Home with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at GabrielMZubizarreta.com.

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Dancing Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book is cute. It's the story of cousins who come from very different worlds: Margie lives in California with both of her parents, Lupe is from Mexico where she lives with her mother who has moved on to a new man and has young twins after Lupe's father disappeared in America. Margie's mother invites Lupe to come stay with them in California. Things change for Margie after Lupe arrives. The other kids at school begin teasing her again, and she's expected the translate the teacher's words for Lupe, but Margie doesn't speak Spanish fluently anymore. Margie begins questioning her own identity as her parents seem closer to Lupe than they do to her. I enjoyed reading about these girls coming together. Margie has a wonderful new friend who helps bridge the gap. The characters in this book seemed genuine. The POV changes back and forth between Lupe and Margie, which was a little confusing as it's all in third person, but helpful to get insight into the two girls' minds. The adults in this book were a little ridiculous at times, especially at the school, but the sentiment was good. A lot went on during this short book, but it worked fairly well. There is a lot to discuss with this book, but it's not too heavy for middle grade readers. And the Spanish phrases were easy to understand as they were almost always repeated in English. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/09/reading-together-middle-grade-book.html
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Yo me gusta mucho yo soy bilingue yo sabes ingles y espa¿ol. Es chido!