Rebecca Balcárcel

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Rebecca Balcárcel 1) I write something totally different! This lifts my head out of my work-in-progress. If I'm working on a novel, I might write a poem or a blog post.…more1) I write something totally different! This lifts my head out of my work-in-progress. If I'm working on a novel, I might write a poem or a blog post. That gets my writing muscles flexing, making it easier to return to the scene I'm stuck on.
2) I read poetry or re-read favorite books! This refuels my word-brain.
3) I lower my standards! It sounds crazy, but giving myself permission to write badly often loosens the logjam. I remind myself that sloppy, boring, cliché-ridden pages can be revised.(less)
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The Other Half of Happy

4.38 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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Palabras in Each Fist

4.83 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel follows Quijana Carillo,a twelve-year-old who just wants to ride bikes with her friends and talk about manatees with her grandma. But between dealing with a crush, worrying about why her little brother is changing in ways she doesn’t understand, and trying to figure out where exactly she fits in the world,Quijana has a lot on he...

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From an excellence-expecting Latinx mom to swaggering classmates at school, Verdad is juggling a lot. No wonder she turns to her dead best friend for advice and sometimes underachieves on purpose. Life gets yet more complicated when gender fluidity ...more
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Like a lot of middle-graders, Tam and Kate are figuring out who they are. They must navigate parents, friends, and their own self-doubt in order to finally be true to themselves. While the romance aspect keeps the reader in hopeful suspense, it's the ...more
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Rumi
“Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts
in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.”
Rumi

Ali Benjamin
“Who knows? Maybe everybody's end isn't the day they actually die, but the last time anyone speaks of them. Maybe when you die you don't really disappear, but you fade into a shadow, dark and featureless, only your outlines visible. Over time, as people forget you, your silhouette gradually fades into darkness until the final time anyone says your name on this planet.”
Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

Emily Henry
“Just seems like all parents start out thinking their kids are part of them, another mouth they've gotta make sure eats, another body they've got to get dressed. And then one day, our parents look at us and notice we're whole people. We're not a part of them anymore, even if they're a part of us. And for the ones who never really wanted to be parents anyway, that's probably a relief. But for a mom like yours - I don't know, she must've been sad when she realized your life was gonna be different then hers. She must've been scared when she realized she wasn't gonna be able to protect you, and that you were gonna deal with things she never did.”
Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World

Katherine Rundell
“Feo wished she could explain - that the beauty of the world is itself a kind of company, and they lived in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. 'You can make the snow a kind of friend, if you know how.”
Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Wilder

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
“¿Qué es poesía? --dices mientras clavas
en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¿Qué es poesía? ¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía... eres tú.”
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

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