Orange Candy Slices and and Other Secret Tales
Introduces the reader to the cultural traditions of a Mexican-American family.
by Viola Canales
Publication Date: October 31, 2001
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 11 and up
Early in Canales’ collection, the young narrator gives her beloved grandmother the perfect Christmas present; she gives her the gift of the world. Through her descriptions, we see that world as she sees it, through the eyes of a child that is slowly moving into adolescence. In this twilight world, the author offers a shimmering picture of a family confronted with the issues that divide lives and love.
In this collection of coming of age stories, Canales introduces the reader to the cultural traditions and activities of a community: homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the celebration of the day of the Three Magi, a carousel of unique saints, and a flock of very special pink plastic flamingoes. And through it all, with the passage of time the narrator discovers changes within herself and the community around her.
Canales’ robust tales inhabit the mysterious and secret land that lies between the United States and Mexico, between child and adulthood, reality and the imagination, and between life and death. These haunting stories not only reveal, layer by layer, the fantastic in the ordinary, but, most importantly, the powerful and healing magic inside all of us. Long after the tales are finished, the reader will be left with the taste of orange candy slices.
“Canales reminds us of the uniqueness and the extraordinary in our daily lives…”—The Monitor
“Cultural traditions come alive in the stories…”—Hispanic
“There is a quiet beauty in the stories of Orange Candy Slices…”—Palo Alto Daily News
VIOLA CANALES, a native of McAllen, Texas, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She was a captain in the U.S. Army and has worked as a litigation and trial attorney. In 1994 she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she oversaw the delivery of economic and entrepreneurial development programs for various states in the southwestern region. She currently lives in Stanford, California.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle Grades
Category: Young Adult
ATOS English: 6.1
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 60440