Cinnamon Girl by Juan Felipe Herrera
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I want
to see
what is
on the other side of the dust

When the towers fall, New York City is blanketed by dust. On the Lower East Side, Yolanda, the Cinnamon Girl, makes her manda, her promise, to gather as much of it as she can. Maybe returning the dust to Ground Zero can comfort all the voices. Maybe it can help Uncle DJ open his eyes again.

As tragedies from her past mix in the air of an unthinkable present, Yolanda searches for hope. Maybe it's buried somewhere in the silvery dust of Alphabet City.


About Juan Felipe Herrera

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Juan Felipe Herrera traveled as a child with his parents through many small farming towns and cities in California, until finally settling in San Diego. He has taught poetry from kindergarten to the university level and is the author of numerous poetry and children's books, including Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and Crashboomlove, which was prized with the Americas Award. He also wrote Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical in New York City, and Laughing Out Loud, I Fly, winner of a Pura Belpré honor award. He holds the Tomás Rivera endowed chair in creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Juan Felipe lives and tours with the poet Margarita Luna Robles.
Published August 1, 2005 by Rayo. 176 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Yolanda’s grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11.

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Both fiercely imagistic and stylistically uneven, Herrera's (Laughing Out Loud, I Fly ) intriguing book opens not long after 9/11 in a hospital where 13-year-old Yolanda's uncle is gravely ill.

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