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Estrella's Quinceanera

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ISBN13: 9780689878107
ISBN10: 0689878109
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Estrella Alvarez is turning fifteen, and she's not happy about it. For as long as she can remember, her mother has been planning an elaborate quinceanera, complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Estrella is so over it. She'd much rather have an understated dinner party at a posh restaurant downtown — that way, she can invite her two best friends from private school, who have no idea Estrella lives in the barrio. Even though Estrella tries to keep her home life a secret from her school friends, things get even more complicated when she falls for Speedy, a cholo whom her new friends — and her parents — would definitely disapprove of.

Caught between her family's wishes and the allure of her sophisticated friends, Estrella is forced to make some tough choices. This funny, touching book follows one girl's struggle to figure out who she really wants to be.

Review:

"The reader will enjoy following Estrella through her trials, tribulations, and triumphs. This funny, touching story is a real coming-of-age gem." Children's Literature

Review:

"Alegria endows her first novel...with a fine sense of place and lively situations complemented by a colorful array of characters who hold the reader's interest. A Spanish-English glossary helps with idiomatic expressions and regional terms." VOYA

Review:

"The tone of the book is light, but the teen's journey through the maze of culture and class is deftly handled." School Library Journal

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In this touching debut novel, Estrella Alvarez is about to turn 15, and there's nothing her meddling mother and T'a Lucky want more than to throw her a gaudy "quinceaera" — a party that Estrella would rather avoid.

Synopsis:

For as long as Estrella Alvarez can remember, her mother has been planning to throw her an elaborate quinceaand#241;era for her fifteenth birthday — complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Just thinking about her quince makes Estrella cringe. But her mother insists that it's tradition. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Estrella has other things on her mind, anyway — like dating Speedy. Does it matter that her new friends — and her parents — would never approve of a guy from el barrio? Estrella's almost fifteen and wants to start making her own decisions. But is she ready to find out who she is — and who she really wants to be?

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Maland#237;n Alegrand#237;aandlt;/bandgt; is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Estrella's Quinceaand#241;eraandlt;/iandgt;. She is an accomplished educator, dancer, and actress who has cowritten and performed in several stage plays. Ms. Alegrand#237;a lives in San Francisco.

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Karin Kroener, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Karin Kroener)
If you're thinking about planning your quince, or just wanting to know what one is, this book is a must read. Estrella is living in two worlds, her school life and home life are very different, which leads to much drama and even more humor. There is also a great romance with Speedy, who proves the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover." And don't worry if you hate Estrella (or "Star") at first, because I did too - but, by the end of the book you'll appreciate her a whole lot more.
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dani_nunez145, August 4, 2007 (view all comments by dani_nunez145)
i loved this book!!!! especially because i can picture where malin alegria sets the story because i used to live in san jose,ca where the story was set and she was very descriptive. this whole story is true anout really mexican families though
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689878107
Author:
Alegria, Malin
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Other - Non-religious
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Nonreligious
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
12-12

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Product details 288 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689878107 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The reader will enjoy following Estrella through her trials, tribulations, and triumphs. This funny, touching story is a real coming-of-age gem."
"Review" by , "Alegria endows her first novel...with a fine sense of place and lively situations complemented by a colorful array of characters who hold the reader's interest. A Spanish-English glossary helps with idiomatic expressions and regional terms."
"Review" by , "The tone of the book is light, but the teen's journey through the maze of culture and class is deftly handled."
"Synopsis" by , In this touching debut novel, Estrella Alvarez is about to turn 15, and there's nothing her meddling mother and T'a Lucky want more than to throw her a gaudy "quinceaera" — a party that Estrella would rather avoid.
"Synopsis" by , For as long as Estrella Alvarez can remember, her mother has been planning to throw her an elaborate quinceaand#241;era for her fifteenth birthday — complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Just thinking about her quince makes Estrella cringe. But her mother insists that it's tradition. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Estrella has other things on her mind, anyway — like dating Speedy. Does it matter that her new friends — and her parents — would never approve of a guy from el barrio? Estrella's almost fifteen and wants to start making her own decisions. But is she ready to find out who she is — and who she really wants to be?
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