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Dancing Home
Contributor(s): Ada, Alma Flor, Zubizarreta, Gabriel M.
ISBN: 1442481757     ISBN-13: 9781442481756
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $7.19  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2013
Annotation: When Margie's cousin Lupe comes from Mexico to live in California with Margie's family, Lupe must adapt to America, while Margie, who thought it would be fun to have her cousin there, finds that she is embarrassed by her in school and jealous of her at home.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mexican Americans; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Cousins; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Mexico
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013003209
Lexile Measure: 960
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 147 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 144849
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53368
Reading Level: 7.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Mexican American fifth-grader Margie tries hard to project an all-American image. This works until her cousin Lupe arrives from Mexico to live with Margie's family. Alternating narration, injected with Spanish-language phrases, brings out the difficulties of language-learning and peer acceptance from each girl's perspective. Ada and Zubizarreta provide a sympathetic view of an immigrant child's experience.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #2)

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. The 11-year-olds—Margarita, who insists on being called Margie and regularly refers to her Texas birth, and Lupe, who barely speaks English—come across as little more than mouthpieces for the authors' message. While the opening chapter, in which Margarita unhappily brings Lupe to her own classroom, is promising, the authors rely too much on descriptions and summaries, forgoing opportunities to "show, don't tell." Margarita's dismay over losing her hard-won Americanism is realistically age-appropriate, but Lupe seems overly mature. Facing her long-lost father, she thinks: "The same painful longings that had nourished all of her fantasies were now fueling her anger against this man who seemed to enter into and disappear from her life so easily." Margarita's eventual appreciation of her heritage and Lupe's adjustment to her new country are predictable and too easily come by to have true emotional resonance. A Spanish-language edition, Nacer Bailando, is available simultaneously. Ages 8–12. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 July)

Gr 3–6—Margie is proud to be an American, born in the United States. Her parents were born in Mexico and so was her cousin, Lupe, who has come to stay with Margie's family in California. At first Margie is excited, but that enthusiasm dissipates when Lupe is placed in her classroom. She doesn't speak English, and Margie's teacher expects her to translate for her. A couple of classroom bullies seem bent on belittling the cousins' heritage. Margie is relieved when Lupe is transferred to a bilingual class, leaving a desk near her for the newest classmate, Camille. The girls become great friends. When they're given a journal assignment, Camille models what it's like to have a passion as she thinks, researches, and writes about dolphins. Lupe stays after school to learn folkloric dances, and the book concludes with a performance that helps Margie understand how American she is and how her Mexican heritage fits into her identity. This story will assist readers in embracing their own heritage and developing an appreciation for their classmates' backgrounds. It's an enjoyable offering (and a great read-aloud) that will capture readers' attention and have them rooting for the cousins and their friendships and family relationships. A Spanish-language edition, Nacer Bailando, is available simultaneously.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego

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