Book Review: Estrella’s Quinceañera

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Written by Malín Alegría
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2006  
ISBN:   9780689878091
Ages: 12 and up

Description (from Goodreads):

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?

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En la Clase: Teaching about Quinceañeras

As many of you know, our featured book for this month is Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría.  As I was reading Alegría’s book and doing the research for our Educator’s Guide, I realized I’d never really thought much about quinceañeras, even though they’re an important cultural celebration for many.  While we’ve written a great deal here on the blog about other cultural traditions or celebrations and how to teach about them in the classroom, we seem to have neglected this one!

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Estrella’s Quinceañera Book Giveaway Winners!!

Thanks so much to all of you who have visited our blog and shared your thoughts with us. I know I say this each time, but it’s true–each month we have more readers entered in our drawing!! It’s been wonderful reading all your comments and seeing you visit our blog.  We hope you’ll continue!! This month’s five lucky winners are. . . . Florence, Blanca, Pat Zietlow Miller, Martha and our fellow blogger Mujer en Flor!  I’ll be emailing you to find out where you would like us to ship the book, so be on the lookout for that!

Congratulations! We hope you enjoy the book!

Our next give away starts today and runs through February 14th!! This time we’re giving away 5 copies of Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro written by Eduardo F. Calcines.  Just comment on any post between now and February 14th and you’re automatically entered in the drawing!

We’ll continue to do a drawing for 5 copies of each book we feature in our book group each month, so keep checking back and sharing with us throughout the year!

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. . .

Book Giveaway!! Estrella’s Quinceañera

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We’re giving away 5 copies of Estrella’s Quinceañera written by Malín Alegría–our featured novel for February’s book group meeting!!  It looks like a great read. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up. To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by January 17th. Everyone who comments between December 14th and January 17th will be entered in the drawing.  It’s a great way to add to your personal teaching library! If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Good luck!

The Hurricane Dancers Giveaway Winners!!

Thanks so much to all of you who have visited our blog and shared your thoughts with us. Each month we have more readers entered in our drawing!! This month’s five lucky winners are. . . . Molly from Wrapped up in Books, Florence, Blanca, Monica from impressions of a princess, and the Unconventional Teacher!  I’ll be emailing you to find out where you would like us to ship the book, so be on the lookout for that!

Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the book!

Our next give away starts today and runs through January 17th!! This time we’re giving away 5 copies of Estrella’s Quinceañera written by Malín Alegria.  Just comment on any post between now and January 17th and you’re automatically entered in the drawing!

We’ll continue to do a drawing for 5 copies of each book we feature in our book group each month, so keep checking back and sharing with us throughout the year! AND check out the great blogs authored by some of our winners above.  They’ve got great book reviews, editorials, and other writing related to education. I’ve linked to their pages, so all you have to do is click!