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Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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Mar 18, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012-reading-challenges, family-stories, poetry-verse, realistic, ya-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Why I picked it up: It was the Pura Belpre Medal winner for 2012, and I needed a novel in verse for my reading challenge.

Lupita is the oldest child in a Mexican-American family. Many of her relatives still live in Mexico and it's not uncommon for her family to visit on weekends. The book follows Lupita through high school as she becomes involved with drama classes at school and deals with her mother's cancer at home.

This little book spans four years. I like that, but it also doesn't give a whole lot of time to settle in to any one happening. My favorite part was the ice cream truck breaking down and the driver giving his wares to anyone with freezer space, as it will all melt before the repair truck comes. What a wonderful misfortune! Overall, I enjoyed the poems that made up this novel.

Genre Bingo: Novel in Verse
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