The Tequila Worm

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Winner of the Pura Belpré Award 2006
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Sofia loves her family (except when her best friend/cousin drives her crazy), living in the barrio (except when theres nothing to do) and life in general (except when the kids at school tease her for being Mexican). Everything comes to a head, though, when Sofia is offered a scholarship to a fancy school in Austin (Texas), which is about three hours from home. She really would like to go, but must convince her family that she is ready for this and will flourish at this school, despite it being a rich kids school, far away and Episcopal. This is a story riddled with Spanish words, Mexican traditions and interesting family dynamics. Sofia ages rapidly through the pages, which is a little disconcerting, but her character development is on par with the story. She is a lovable girl and her family traditions become important to her as she grows older, which is nice to see. She even learns how to eat a tequila worm, which cures homesickness. Overall, this is a great glimpse into Mexican-American life and how one person can make a difference for the future by embracing her traditions.
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