Under the mesquite /

Lupita, the oldest of eight siblings, is used to taking the lead - and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discover Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of their close-knit Mexican America...

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Main Author: McCall, Guadalupe Garcia, (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Lee & Low Books, [2011]
Edition:First edition.
Series:Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2013-2014
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Main Author:McCall, Guadalupe Garcia, author.
Summary:Lupita, the oldest of eight siblings, is used to taking the lead - and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discover Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of their close-knit Mexican American family. Suddenly Lupita must face a whole new set of challenges, with must face a whole new set of challenges, with new roles to play, and no one is handing her the script. In the midst of juggling high school classes, finding her voice as an actress, and dealing with friends who don't always understand, Lupita desperately wants to support Mami in whatever way she can. While Papi is preoccupied with caring for Mami, Lupita takes charge of her siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she escapes the chaos at home by writing in the shade of a mesquite tree. Overwhelmed by change, she seeks refuge in the healing power of words. Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita's journey is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about the testing of family bonds, the strength of a teenage girl navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience, and the kind of love that cannot be uprooted. -- From dust jacket.

As the oldest of eight siblings, Lupita is used to taking the lead--and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discovers Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit Mexican American family. Suddenly Lupita must face a whole new set of challenges, with new roles to play, and no one is handing her the script.

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General Notes:"Reinforced binding"--Jacket.
Physical Description:224 pages ; 22 cm.
Audience:Educational level group: High school students
Age group: Teenagers
Young Adult.
990L
Creator Characteristics:Ethnic/cultural group: Mexican Americans
National/regional group: Texans
Gender group: Women
Occupational/field of activity group: Teachers
Awards:William C. Morris Award finalist, 2012
Pura Belpré Author Award, 2012
Morris Debut Award finalist, 2012
ISBN:9781600604294 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1600604293 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9781600608759 (ebook)
1600608752 (ebook)