Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box

"Yolanda's grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11. Still coping with a tragic incident from her past in Iowa, Yolanda's fear after this new calamity is palpable through the poetry used as the vehicle to tell her story. The bond between Yolanda and her uncle is portrayed through loving letters, which she keeps in an empty cereal box and rereads as Uncle DJ struggles for his life…The poetry itself is more complex than those in other verse novels for young adults — particularly due to the many Spanish words and phrases — but the glossary is quite helpful for comprehension." — Kirkus Reviews