Nomination: Under the Mesquite

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. 2011. 224p. Lee & Low, $17.95 (978-1-600-60429-4). Gr.9-up.

After her mother is diagnosed with cancer, 14-year old Lupita, the eldest of eight children, must help care for her own siblings, while dealing with her own pain over her mother’s illness. Lupita tries to find a balance between familial obligations and pursuing her dream of attending college. Lupita’s efforts to understand her dual cultural identities (Mexican/American) is beautifully detailed in poignant verse.

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