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Ada, Alma Flor.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN  1416900888

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalks #1

Margie wants to fit in and does all she can to do just that.  She wants to pass as an American even though her parents are both from Mexico.  When her cousin Lupe arrives from Mexico to stay with the family, Margie is embarrassed at her cousin's foreign ways.  Now Lupe is going to school with Margie and Margie is afraid that her friends will see her as foreign also.  As the year goes on, things bein to change for the two girls.  But will Margie ever be able to accept her heritage?

Booktalk #2

Margarita, who goes by Margie, is so proud to be an American.  She loves all things American and she speaks English perfectly, in fact so perfectly that she barely understands the native Spanish of her parents, both of whom immigrated to the United States from Mexico before she was born.  Margie soon learns that her cousin Lupe, who she has never met, will be coming to live with Margie and her family in California and she is excited when she learns that they will be in the same fifth grade class. And Lupe, whose father disappeared into the North several years earlier and whose mother has remarried and started a new family, is also excited about starting a new life in California and hopes to reunite with her father.  But the reality is very different for both girls.  Margie is embarrassed by Lupe’s lack of English skills at school and is mortified when their teacher assigns her to help Lupe.  Now her classmates will think she is maybe not so American after all.  At home, Margie finds herself jealous of the attention her mother gives Lupe when she braids her hair and when the two speak a fluent Spanish with each other that Margie can’t understand.  And Lupe struggles to learn a seemingly impossible new language and to adapt to new traditions and the strange ways things are done in the United States.  But then Lupe joins a folklorico dance class and Margie makes a new friend, Camille, who is not what Margie had assumed she was, and the girls’ beliefs—about what it means to be American and what it means to be a family—is forever changed.   (Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Cousins -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.

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