Star of Luis by Marc Talbert

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When Luís's father joins the army shortly after the start of World War II, Luís's entire life changes. His mother decides to return to the dusty New Mexican village where she and her husband grew up. In Los Angeles, Luís had struggled to find a place in his ethnically diverse neighborhood and had been intimidated into ending a close friendship with a Jewish boy. In Las Manos, everyone is Hispanic and Catholic like Luís, but the way of life seems backward and slow. Luís and his mother stay in a cramped bungalow with his dying grandfather and sullen grandmother, and Luís must share a bed with his uncle, a priest. Then, just as Luís begins to feel more comfortable in Las Manos, he learns an settling fact-his family is not Catholic after all. They are Jewish, a secret that has been kept for generations. Angry and confused, Luís realizes he must confront his feelings about family, religion, and friends, and ultimately make his own decision about who he is. Glossary of Spanish words.
 

About Marc Talbert

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Marc Talbert is a well-known youg adult author who has written ten novels, three of them set in New Mexico. He lives in Tesuque, New Mexico, with his family.
 
Published March 29, 1999 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It's December 1941 in East Los Angeles, and Lu s's world turns topsy-turvy in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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