Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Osa, Nancy.

New York : Delacorte Press, 2003
ISBN 0385730217
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Violet’s “abuela” throws her for a loop when she begins pressuring her granddaughter to plan her “quinceanero.” This Cuban celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday is news to Violet, and if it involves a fluffy pink dress and glittery tiara, count her out! While Violet’s mother is Polish, and her father Cuban, Violet considers herself 100% American. But the more she learns about her father’s background and his own feelings about his heritage, the more convinced she is that she should somehow embrace it as an undeniable part of herself. While she struggles with this issue, she also grapples with teenage embarrassment of her parents and their strange ways, her friends and their own problems, a budding romance, and a hilarious speech competition. Read Cuba 15 to discover how Violet makes her “quinceanero” as unique as the person she has grown to be. (Prepared by: Leah Roche, SCASL Young Adult Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Cuban Americans -- Fiction.
                        Quinceanera (Social custom) -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
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