When you’re the oldest of eight children and your mother is battling cancer, when does a teenager have time for herself? In Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s first novel, Under the Mesquite, Lupita is in high school and struggles with her responsibilities as a daughter, older sister, student and friend.
This is the most recent winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award. This award is “presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” (Taken from the award website.)
Written in Lupita’s words in free verse poetry, this is a phenomenal story of strength, family bonds, love and more.