Book Giveaway!! Under the Mesquite

Under-the-MesquiteOur last giveaway of the spring semester!! Make sure you get entered! We’re giving away 5 copies of Under the Mesquite written by Guadalupe García McCall–our featured novel for May’s book group meeting. Check out the following from School Library Journal:

This stunning debut novel in verse chronicles the teenage years of Lupita, a character drawn largely from the author’s own childhood…The simplicity of the story line belies the deep richness of McCall’s writing. Lupita, a budding actress and poet, describes the new English words she learned as a child to be like lemon drops, tart and sweet at the same time and ears of corn as sweating butter and painted with chili-powdered lime juice. Each phrase captures the essence of a moment or the depth of her pain. The power of Lupita’s story lies also in the authenticity of her struggles both large and small, from dealing with her mother’s illness to arguments with friends about acculturation. This book will appeal to many teens for different reasons, whether they have dealt with the loss of a loved one, aspire to write and act, are growing up Mexican American, or seeking their own identity amid a large family. Bravo to McCall for a beautiful first effort. –School Library Journal

It’s won a number of awards, including:

  • Pura Belpre Author Award
  • William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, YALSA
  • Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA
  • Best Teen Books of 2011, Kirkus Reviews
  • 2013 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award

I’m so excited to read this one.  From everything I’ve read about it, it would be a great addition to any personal or classroom library! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by April 21st.  Everyone who comments between March 20th and April 21st will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Good luck!

9 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! Under the Mesquite

  1. The best teen book of 2011, WOW! I am looking for books that I can add to my classroom library and this sounds like a perfect one! Many of my young high school students would love to read this book!

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