Thursday, May 09, 2013

May's Reader's Advisory Challenge Pick: Under the Mesquite

                                                        Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Published September 9, 2011 by Lee & Low Books

Lupita and her family split their lives between Texas and Mexico. They deal with difficult times when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, and Lupita struggles with her desire to go away to school or stay and care for her family.  Winner of the Pura Belpre Author Award, a YALSA William C. Morris Finalist, and winner of the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. 

What I liked:
It might seem too simple 
to write a novel in verse
but I'm here to tell you
it's harder than it looks

Reader’s Advisory Challenge:
Verse novels I've read and loved: Sharon Creech's Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sold by Patricia McCormick, Virgina Euwer Wolff's Make Lemonade series, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone. I recently made a display of verse novels in my library and was surprised not to find any in our adult fiction. Do you know of any titles? 

Check out Stacked's guide to Verse Novels.

An interview in Axon Journal with three YA verse novel authors.

I’ll be back next month with a contemporary/realistic pick.

Click to read more about the Reader's Advisory Challenge. 

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