Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada

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Un año de revelaciones culmina con una actuación llena de sorpresas, mientras dos niñas descubren su lugar en el mundo.

México es el país de sus padres, pero no el de Margie. Ella ha logrado convencer a sus compañeros de escuela que es cien por ciento estadounidense, igual que ellos. Pero cuando Lupe, su prima mexicana, va a vivir a su casa, la imagen de sí misma que había creado se deshace.

La situación de Lupe no es fácil. Siente que su casa de México no es un hogar desde que su padre se fue al norte. La esperanza de poder encontrarlo en los Estados Unidos le da algo de consuelo, pero aprender un idioma nuevo en una escuela nueva representa un gran desafío. Al igual que Margie, Lupe necesita una amiga.

Poco a poco, los pasos de cada niña van encontrando el ritmo de un baile compartido, a medida que descubren el verdadero significado del hogar. Siguiendo la tradición de Me llamo María Isabel, Alma Flor Ada y su hijo Gabriel M. Zubizarreta ofrecen un relato honesto de los valores de la familia, y de la amistad y de la experiencia que debe atravesar el inmigrante: volverse parte de algo nuevo y, a la vez, conservar la propia identidad.
 

About Alma Flor Ada

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Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home, My Name Is Maria Isabel; Under the Royal Palms, a Pura Belpré Medal recipient; and The Gold Coin, a Christopher Award recipient. She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com. Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Dancing Home with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at GabrielMZubizarreta.com.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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As an only child living in California with her Mexican-American parents, Margie Ceballos-González is proud to be American.

May 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Dancing Home

The New York Times

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As the girls go through the paces of an elite summer boarding school — horses to ride, water ballet routines to learn and soufflés to coax to heights of perfection — they begin to compose lives that break convention at every turn.

Jul 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Dancing Home

Publishers Weekly

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Working with a potentially rich multicultural family story, Ada (Under the Royal Palms) and first-time author Zubizarreta instead deliver a timely but lifeless novel about a Mexican-American girl in California and her newly arrived Mexican cousin.

May 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Dancing Home

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