SISTERS = HERMANAS
New York : Harcourt, 1993.
is a 14 year old illegal immigrant from Mexico who can only find work in
the U.S. as a prostitute in order to send money home to her mother.
Traci is a privileged 14 year old American who has always had a perfect
life and everything she wants. On the surface it seems like neither
girl has anything in common. Sadly, they are each trapped in worlds
that have a twisted focus on beauty and youth: Rosa dreams of being
a model and knows that her youth and beauty get her more customers than
older prostitutes. Traci has been coached by her mom her whole life
to believe that a beautiful and youthful appearance are all that matter
so that you can marry a rich man. Chapters alternate between the
parallel stories of these two young women until one day their lives intersect.
This is a bilingual book: when you are finished reading in English, you can flip the book over and read it in Spanish. (Davinna Artibey, Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
Prostitution -- Fiction.
Illegal aliens -- Fiction.
Spanish language materials -- Bilingual.