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“Two cousins, one born in Texas and the other in Mexico, learn the importance of family and friendship.” –Kirkus Reviews

Dancing Home

Written by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she’s created for herself crumbles. Things aren’t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadn’t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupe’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. Little by little, the girls’ individual steps find the rhythm of one shared dance, and they learn what home really means. In the tradition of My Name is Maria Isabel and simultaneously published in English and in Spanish 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.

Primary ISBN: 9781416900887

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Chapter Book, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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