The Summer of El Pintor by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

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When sixteen-year-old Monica and her widowed father go back to Los Angeles, reluctantly moving from a wealthy neighborhood to the barrio house her mother grew up in, Monica tries to locate a missing neighbor, and in the process learns about her mother's past.

About Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

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Ofelia Dumas Lachtman was born in Los Angeles of Mexican-immigrant parents. She is the author of several bilingual picture books, including Big Enough/Bastante grande (Pinata Books, 1998), and five other books in the Pepita series: Pepita Packs Up/Pepita empaca (Pinata Books, 2005); Pepita Finds Out/Lo que Pepita descubre (Pinata Books, 2002); Pepita Takes Time/Pepita, siempre tarde (Pinata Books, 2000); Pepita Thinks Pink/Pepita y el color rosado (Pinata Books, 1998); and Pepita Talks Twice/Pepita habla dos veces (Pinata Books, 1995).
Published May 1, 2001 by Pinata Books. 235 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For example, a key clue to El Pintor's importance has to do with Mónica's mother, Cristina, who died when Mónica was four, and yet this pivotal character receives only perfunctory description ("She was as nice as she was pretty").

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