Under the Mesquite
Lee & Low Books
novel in verse
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.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Disability and Health; Family member death; Poverty; Bicultural; Illness; financial hardship; bicultural family; cancer; language barrier; death of a mother
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
Mexican American; migration; hispanic; responsibility; hardships; different languages; immigrant families; acting
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia, "Under the Mesquite" (2011). Diverse Families. 2138.