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Quinceañera means sweet fifteen
Chambers, Veronica.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books For Children, 2001.
Physical Description:
189 pages ; 22 cm
Eagerly anticipating her Quinceañera, the fifteenth birthday celebration that will signify her adulthood, Marisol is troubled by a lack of money, her mother's new boyfriend, changes in her best friend, and the absence of the father she never knew.
Reading Level:
630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 6.0 107115.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 12 Quiz: 27669 Guided reading level: S.

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Marisol and Magdalena are making plans for their quincea"era parties, their fifteenth birthday celebration that they've been waiting for their whole lives. They've promised each other that they will be the dama de honor at each other's quince.But quincea"eras are expensive, and Marisol's mother doesn't know if she can afford a party at all, especially not one as extravagant as Magdalena's. And while Marisol was away in Panama, Magdalena became friends with two girls Marisol can't stand. Marisol wonders if her year in Panama changed her - maybe she isn't cool or rich enough anymore to be Magda's friend.

Author Notes

Veronica Chambers was born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn. She attended Simon's Rock College at Bard. She is a prolific writter. Mama's Girl is her acclaimed memoir. Some of her other work includes Kickboxing Geishas: How Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation, and The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl's Guide to Love, Life and Foolish Bravery. She has contributed to several anthologies and has also written books for children and teens. Her latest book as a contributor is in Michael Strahan's book, Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. In this lively sequel to Marisol and Magdalena (1998), the two best friends find their lifelong closeness jeopardized when the romantic dreams of their quinceaneras materialize into unpleasant realities: Marisol's mother may not be able to afford a quinceanera, and Magdalena snubs Marisol for two wealthy, troublemaking friends. Narrator Marisol, a decent person with a kind heart, will elicit genuine compassion from readers, who will root for her to have the celebration that she both wants and deserves. At the same time, Magdalena makes a believable, multifaceted supporting character who pays dearly for her mistakes. This sense of justice is achieved without affectation, and dramatic incidents and themes of family unity and personal integrity come through clearly without seeming contrived or manipulative. In addition to telling an appealing story, Chambers immerses her readers in Panamanian and Latino culture; there's at least one Spanish term or phrase on almost every page, unobtrusively supported by context clues so that even non-Spanish-speaking readers can comprehend every term. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In this sequel to Marisol and Magdalena (Hyperion, 1998), the two 14-year-old Brooklyn friends are looking forward to their quincea-eras that mark their coming-of-age. Magda and her family are planning a huge party and Marisol is upset because her mother cannot afford one. She is also upset because Magda's new friends taunt her and convince her friend to shoplift. Marisol's thoughts and worries about her approaching birthday, her parting from Magda, and a new romance flow realistically. Spanish phrases add flavor to the dialogue. As in the first book, Chambers wraps up all the tensions and problems with ribbons, and Marisol ends by reflecting happily about the quincea-era her family chipped in to give her: "I spent the whole night dancing on a blanket of silver stars. In a circle of friends and family. Heralded by butterflies. Transformed by love."-Trish Anderson, Pinkerton Elementary School, Coppell, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.