Our Next Good Read. . .Estrella’s Quinceañera

Estrella's Quinceanera 1Join us February 4th at bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría.

Meet Estrella: “For as long as Estrella Alvarez can remember, her mother has been planning to throw her an elaborate quinceañera for her fifteenth birthday — complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Just thinking about her quince makes Estrella cringe. But her mother insists that it’s tradition.

Estrella has other things on her mind, anyway — like dating Speedy. Does it matter that her new friends — and her parents — would never approve of a guy from el barrio? Estrella’s almost fifteen and wants to start making her own decisions. But is she ready to find out who she is — and who she really wants to be?”

We’re really excited to be reading this one–one of our book group members recommended it after she heard about it on NPR!  Be sure to get entered in our drawing for one of five free copies of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post before January 17th!

We hope to see you on February 4th–which just happens to be my birthday, a pretty appropriate book, don’t you think? Even if I am just a tad older than 15. . .

12 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read. . .Estrella’s Quinceañera

  1. Thanks again for a wonderful meeting last night! I truly enjoyed the conversation around reading and literacy and ways to make it a reality for our students. The dedication that all participants have towards literacy is wonderful. I am thankful to have the opportunity to read and familiarize myself with books that have latino topics, subjects, culture and history in them. I have learned so much! I am happy to announce that our AVID (Advancement via individual determination) class is going to read Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck.
    Quinciañeras are also a big part of our school culture, I am sure that this book will be well received by our students.

    • We’re always to happy to have you and your daughter at our meetings! I’m so excited to hear that your AVID program is going to read the book! I can’t wait to hear what they think about the book.
      Until I started doing research for Estrella’s Quinceanera, I didn’t realize how many books had been written about quinceaneras! I think I’m going to have to do a post just on those books–so, if your students like that one, we’ll have a whole list of other titles to give them too!

    • I’m so glad that you came last night! It was wonderful to have you as a part of our conversation! I hope the guide helps if you decide to use the book with your students–you’ll have to let us know what your students think of it!

  2. I would definitely want to add Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría to my classroom library at school! Many of my students are this age and would love to read about the tradition of a Quinceañera! The twist would be reading about a young girl that is not too excited about what the experience entails. Please add my name to the list! I will take as many copies as possible! Thanks!

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  4. Here are two nonfiction books which my students often checked out.
    Celebrating a Quinceañera : a Latina’s 15th birthday celebration
    by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith ; photographs by Lawrence Migdale.
    Quinceañera : celebrating fifteen
    by Elizabeth King.

    • Thanks again for more suggestions! We so appreciate it! Finding and compiling resources is one of the most time consuming parts of trying to incorporate variety in our teaching, so we’re always grateful for the help.

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