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Bernardo, Anilu
Houston, Tex. : Pinata Books/Arts Publico Press, 1999
ISBN 155885259X
Maggie Castillo is a fifteen-year-old Cuban-American girl with big dreams. She wants to be a nurse like her wonderful mother, and she wants to date Zach Sherwood, the blond basketball player who always makes a point of sitting next to her in German class.

Right now, though, her dreams seem so far away. Too young to qualify for a real nursing job, Maggie settles for caring for an elderly woman who has broken her leg. She's also "settling" in the boyfriend department. Instead of the gorgeous Zach, Maggie is pursued by Justin, a boy with a disturbing past who's a math geek to boot.

Every morning Maggie picks a jasmine flower from her yard and plays the "He loves me, he loves me not" game. The flower keeps saying that he loves her, but Maggie is losing faith. Zach seems so distant.
(Kathy Bellin, Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)

SUBJECTS:     Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Cuban Americans -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.


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