Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco
Written by Judith Robbins Rose
Published by Candlewick Press
“Miss, will you be my Amiga?” Amiga means “friend” in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places. I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas. When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la linea into Miss’s world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of Mama and the familiar safety of the barrio, while the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people. When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she’s lost. Can she channel the power she’s gained from her mentor and the strength she’s inherited from Mama to save her shattered home life?
Primary ISBN: 9780763672355
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook
Chapter Book, Age 09 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Cross-Group Friendship, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 1st, Generational Differences: Language, Immigrant: Undocumented, Multiracial Identity
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
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