Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and up
Lina is pulling her life together after her mother’s death, but her father escapes into his books, and her best friend is spending more and more time with her new boyfriend.
There are far too few realistic fiction books with Mexican-American protagonists, although I’ve worked with many students who fit that demographic. Lina is rebellious, a bit quick to overreact, and she nurses grudges, but she still manages to be a character you can root for: scientist, athlete, trying to make things better.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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