Why Does the Coqui Sing? by Barbara Garland Polikoff

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How can home be a place you've never seen? So far, the move "home" from Chicago to Puerto Rico is not sitting right with Luz. Mami and Luz's new stepfather act as if they've arrived in the promised land, but the rundown section of San Juan where the family is living temporarily is hardly paradise. Luz misses her old life terribly. Only when she visits her grandfather Tata's farm, with the songs of little frogs called coqui everywhere, does Puerto Rico's magic touch her. Only when Luz hears Tata's kind and wise words does she begin to believe that everything might turn out all right. This coming-of-age story is about finding out who you really are and where you belong.

About Barbara Garland Polikoff

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Barbara Garland Polikoff taught creative writing in Chicago public schools for many years. Some of her experiences there inspired this novel. Other books for children she has written include "Life's a Funny Proposition", "Horatio", an American Library Association Notable Book for Children, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and winner of the Carl Sandburg Award. She lives in Highland Park, Illinois, with her husband, a public interest lawyer.
Published April 1, 2004 by Holiday House. 224 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Uprooted from her home in Chicago, Luz finds herself in a home she has never known: San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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