Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Posted in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco  
By Judith Robbins Rose
Published by Candlewick Press

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Description
“Miss, will you be my Amiga?” Amiga means “friend” in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places. I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas.

When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la linea into Miss’s world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of Mamá and the familiar safety of the barrio, while the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people. When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she’s lost. Can she channel the power she’s gained from her mentor and the strength she’s inherited from Mamá to save her shattered home life?

Reviews & Accolades
“Quite possibly one of the best book jackets of the year.” —School Library Journal

“A valiant effort that wrestles with important, complex themes.” —Kirkus Reviews

Groups Represented
Mexican
Mexican-American

Themes
Undocumented Workers
Immigration
Family Relationships

Setting
United States

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