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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

By Judith Robbins Rose

With humor and sensitivity, a debut novelist explores the coming of age of a girl caught between two cultures as she finds the courage to forge a new destiny.

“Miss, will you be my Amiga?” Amiga means "friend" in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places. I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas. When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la linea into Miss’s world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of Mamá and the familiar safety of the barrio, while the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people. When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she's lost. Can she channel the power she’s gained from her mentor and the strength she’s inherited from Mamá to save her shattered home life?

  • A human look at the struggles faced by more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in America.
  • An authentic middle-grade voice from an exciting debut author.
  • Features fabulous, flawed characters.

About the author

Judith Robbins Rose lives in the Denver metro area, where she volunteers as a fund-raiser to develop facilities for low-income communities and serves as a mentor and tutor for at-risk youth. Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco is her first novel.

ISBN: 9780763672355
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Dimensions: 133 x 196mm, 352pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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