Under the Mesquite

Title

Under the Mesquite

Publisher

Lee & Low Books

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781600604294

Pages

224 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

990L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Disability and Health; Family member death; Poverty; Bicultural; Illness; financial hardship; bicultural family; cancer; language barrier; death of a mother

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican-American

Awards

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, 2012, Finalist, Young Adult Literature
Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2012, Honor Book
Pura Belpre Award, 2012, Winner, Narrative
Tom s Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2013, Winner
William C. Morris Award, 2012, Finalist

Keywords

Mexican American; migration; hispanic; responsibility; hardships; different languages; immigrant families; acting

Diversity Impact

direct

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