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Publisher Comments:

The 2001 winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel tells the story of a girl who while preparing for her 15th year celebration--her "quince"--probes into her Cuban roots and unwittingly unleashes a hotbed of conflicted feelings about Cuba within her family. Young Adult.

Review:

"Violet Paz, the charismatic narrator of this funny first novel, doesn't know much about her Cuban heritage when her grandmother offers to throw her a quincea ero, a traditional coming-of-age party for a 15-year-old girl. By party time, however, Violet has learned not only about Cuban culture but even 'what is true' about her family and herself. Osa spins a host of story lines: Violet joins the speech team, performing an ever-evolving comedy routine about 'the Loco Family' (she bases her material on a multi-day domino party that the police broke up); she fights with her father, who refuses to talk about Cuba (his parents fled to America with him when he was a baby); and she even finds her first boyfriend. The author can't quite flesh out all these characters and plot points to their full potential (the intimidating speech coach, for instance, seems exaggerated for no reason). Mostly, though, Violet and her wacky family and friends — including a pun-loving mother and a vegetarian who breaks up with her boyfriend when he wears leather to a PETA meeting — keep the fiesta moving at a lively clip. As a bonus, readers get some exposure to Cuban history and culture, including a smattering of Spanish words and phrases. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385732338
Author:
Osa, Nancy
Publisher:
Ember
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Cuban Americans
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.05x5.18x.66 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 304 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385732338 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Violet Paz, the charismatic narrator of this funny first novel, doesn't know much about her Cuban heritage when her grandmother offers to throw her a quincea ero, a traditional coming-of-age party for a 15-year-old girl. By party time, however, Violet has learned not only about Cuban culture but even 'what is true' about her family and herself. Osa spins a host of story lines: Violet joins the speech team, performing an ever-evolving comedy routine about 'the Loco Family' (she bases her material on a multi-day domino party that the police broke up); she fights with her father, who refuses to talk about Cuba (his parents fled to America with him when he was a baby); and she even finds her first boyfriend. The author can't quite flesh out all these characters and plot points to their full potential (the intimidating speech coach, for instance, seems exaggerated for no reason). Mostly, though, Violet and her wacky family and friends — including a pun-loving mother and a vegetarian who breaks up with her boyfriend when he wears leather to a PETA meeting — keep the fiesta moving at a lively clip. As a bonus, readers get some exposure to Cuban history and culture, including a smattering of Spanish words and phrases. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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