Upside Down and Backwards / De cabeza y al revés
Acclaimed writer creates unique and lively Latino characters in universal situations.
by Diana Gonzales Bertrand
Publication Date: 2004
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
In these spunky stories, popular young adult and children’s author Diane Gonzales Bertrand creates a raucous collection of rowdy fun in a bilingual format for intermediate readers. Ten-year-olds Miguel and Ángel get so excited about the family’s new truck that they take it for a spin. Luis rebels when his antiquated Tía Anita wants him to give his friend Diana a hairy pink thing and a box of powder that smells like cat litter. Norma dresses up like Queen Isabella and steals the spotlight from the class clowns. Alonso’s day sours when he lies to claim a blue-ribbon prize in the science fair.
These short stories bubble with fresh and feisty young characters, and their adventures carry all the struggles of childhood. The funny, uplifting collection celebrates strong relationships with friends, parents, teachers, or extended family. Set in the schoolyard, at the beach, or on a driveway in front of the family’s house, these stories make even the ordinary problems of childhood extraordinary.
Special Recognition, 2005 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
“This story has high interest and a quick pace with realistic dialogue, including suitably placed Spanish words and phrases. Characters are likable and carefully drawn…”—School Library Journal on Trino’s Time
DIANE GONZALES BERTRAND is the author of several books for intermediate readers. They include The Ruiz Street Kids / Los muchachos de la calle Ruiz (2006), Upside Down and Backwards / De cabeza y al revés (2004), and Alicia’s Treasure (1996). A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Bertrand teaches at St. Mary’s University, where she is also Writer in Residence.
Learn more by visiting her faculty page.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades
Category: Intermediate Reader