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andlt;B andgt;In this timely tale of immigration, two cousins learn the importance of family and friendship.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;A year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls find their own way to belong. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mexico may be her parentsand#8217; home, but itand#8217;s certainly not Margieand#8217;s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent Americanand#8212;just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image sheand#8217;s created for herself crumbles. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Things arenand#8217;t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadnand#8217;t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupeand#8217;s hope of seeing him in the United States comforts her some, but learning a new language in a new school is tough. Lupe, as much as Margie, is in need of a friend. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Little by little, the girlsand#8217; individual steps find the rhythm of one shared dance, and they learn what and#8220;homeand#8221; really means. In the tradition of My Name is Maria Isabeland#8212;and simultaneously published in English and in Spanishand#8212;Alma Flor Ada and her son Gabriel M. Zubizarreta offer an honest story of family, friendship, and the classic immigrant experience: becoming part of something new, while straying true to who you are.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Alma Flor Adaandlt;/Bandgt;, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including andlt;iandgt;Dancing Home andlt;/iandgt;with Gabriel Zubizarreta, andlt;iandgt;My Name Is Marand#237;a Isabelandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Under the Royal Palms andlt;/iandgt;(Pura Belprand#233; Medal), andlt;iandgt;Where the Flame Trees Bloomandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Gold Coin andlt;/iandgt;(Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at;Bandgt;Gabriel M. Zubizarretaandlt;/Bandgt; draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored andlt;iandgt;Love, Amalia andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Dancing Home andlt;/iandgt;with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at

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Ada, Alma Flor
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Zubizarreta, Gabriel M.
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Children s-General
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from 3 up to 7
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7.62 x 5.12 in
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from 8 up to 12

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