Under the Mesquite
The oldest of eight siblings in her Mexican American family, Lupita is a talented actress and gifted writer. As she wonders what world she belongs in — across the border, taking her dying mother's place, or building a life of her own — she tells her story in verse, offering intimate access to the daily lives and conversation of family and friends and an outpouring of her innermost thoughts as she tries to find and establish her own identity. 2012 Pura Belpré Award Winner.
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Book Series: Coming of Age: New Responsibilities Growing Up Along the Border: Stories for Young Adults Novels in Verse: Hispanic Heritage Stories Told in Letters and Verse Tough Topics: Death, Dying, and Grief