This Spanish-language edition of an award-winning collection of stories for young adults depicts bicultural teens grappling with “fitting in.”
by Anilú Bernardo
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 11 and up
Now available in a Spanish translation, this short story collection by popular young adult author, Anilú Bernardo, takes us from the soccer field to the seashore. Her spunky Cuban-American protagonists navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami. The stories’ protagonists juggle the traditional burdens of middle school and high school coupled with the stresses of living those burdens in a foreign culture.
Bernardo crafts a panorama of intelligent and spirited young girls struggling to find a place for themselves. Like when Sari wants to talk about boys and school with her friends instead of babysitting for Grandma, who always asks her to translate the most embarrassing things . . . or when Clari stews in her room after she’s grounded because the snippy old woman next door complained about Clari bending her stupid fence. . . or when Mari turns in a homemade diorama in a contest where her work must compete with all the store-bought iridescent paper and underwater photography that parents with money can buy . . .
Bernardo shows that it’s tough enough to be caught between the two worlds of childhood and womanhood, but when a Cuban girl must cross the bridge between two cultures to fit into a foreign environment, she faces a league of other headaches as well. The young girls in this collection don’t let the cultural challenges define them. Instead, with a little resourcefulness and strong spirit, they manage to, in the words of one character, “break out” of themselves and the limits that culture puts on them.
Winner, 1997 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Winner, 1997 Skipping Stones Honor Award
Included in the 1999-2000 Houston Area Independent School Library Network Recommended Reading List
“[It] will bring a ray of hope to recent immigrant teenagers facing seemingly insurmountable problems.”—Críticas
“A delightful collection, addressing adolescent agonies and bicultural issues.”—VOYA
“…the stories do speak with a lively authentic accent about the angst of bicultural, female adolescence.”—Booklist
“…[the stories] speak to the awkward dilemmas faced by children of immigrant families and, in some fashion, by all teen-age girls.”—Houston Chronicle
ANILÚ BERNARDO is the author of two award-winning novels: Jumping Off to Freedom (Pinata Books,1996) and Loves Me, Loves Me Not (Pinata Books, 1998), which was named to the American Library Association’s 2000 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and The New York Public Library’s 2000 Books for the Teen Age. She currently lives in Plantation, Florida with her family.
ROSARIO SANMIGUEL, a native of Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico, is the author of a novel Árboles o apuntes de viaje (PuenteLibre Editores, 2006) and two collections of stories, Callejón Sucre y otros relatos (Ediciones del Azar, 1994) and Under the Bridge/Bajo el Puente (Arte Público Press, 2008). Her work has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Sin límites imaginarios, Cuentos del norte de México (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2006). She is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. She lives and works in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle Grades
Category: Young Adult
ATOS Spanish: 4.2
LEXILE SPANISH: 630L
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 35022