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Luna's California Poppies
Alma Luz Villanueva
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Luna's California Poppies

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In Luna's California Poppies a young girl tries to come to terms with an unstable family situation and a harsh environment. Taking the form of a diary, the novel is exceptional in the way it vividly captures a street-wise twelve-year-old's voice. Luna is angry, despairing, joyful, aggressive, and admirable. Deserted by her mother, she is taken into the home of a kind stran ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
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Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Luna is victimized by the people and situations in her life. She experiences poverty, abandonment, extreme hunger, neglect, abuse and prejudice, but she is not a victim. Her voice radiates from the page with imagination, charisma, kindness, bravery, and above all, honesty. The first part of the story told in the childhood voice of Luna is one of the most unique and very best storytelling voices I have ever read.
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Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
COming of age story of a Latina youth. It was written in the language of a teenager. This style madew it difficult to follow at first, but later made it seem more realistic. It is great for anyone working with of intersted in at-risk youth or cultural minorities in the US.
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Wonderful book written as a 12 year girl's journal. While a difficult read, it was worth it.
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Alma Luz Villanueva (born 4 October 1944 Lompoc, California) is a Mexican-American poet, short story writer, and novelist.

Her Mexican grandfather edited a newspaper in Hermosillo, Mexico, and was a published poet. Her maternal grandmother, a Yaqui Indian curandera/healer (as was her mother) from Sonora, raised her in the Mission District of San Francisco.

She taught at University of California Sant
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“Dear La Virgen, [...] is God your husband? Is he a Cheap Skate???? I kinda think he might be cause I used to pray for stuff and he never sent the stuff I asked for right?” 0 likes
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