California Teacher of the Year Alan Lawrence Sitomer is the author of hard-hitting best-sellers like Homeboyz. Sonia Rodriguez, the teenage daughter of illegal Mexican immigrants, feels stuck in the middle of two worlds. Sonia plans to be the first in her family to graduate high school and go to college. But when she puts her schoolwork before her familia, Sonia's mother sends her to relatives in Mexico to learn "the ways of the old world." Sonia returns more determined than ever to succeed - but it won't be easy. Be aware of strong language and adult situations.More
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Students love this narrators portrayal!
My 12th grade students and I read this book each year. Boys and girls alike relate to the characters and situations encountered in the text. They say, "This story is real! It sounds like my family!" I say, Alan Sitomer and Blanca Vasquez are fantastic and engagaing duo!
My students are predominately Latinos; Blanca sounds like she could be one of my students.
Absolutely! In fact, I did finish it in two sittings!
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A great story