The Low Down: The stories of Lupita’s life, from her early childhood in Mexico, her move to the United States, her mother’s death and her graduation to being an adult.
Best Thang ‘Bout It: I really didn’t think I would like it at first. I started it two or three times before the rhythm of the words, the descriptions and the emotion won me over. I love that it is so different from anything that I have been reading. I would have never chosen this book, so I am grateful that it found me. Much like how the Mesquite tree changed from something unwanted to a symbol of resilience and strength, the free verse format added significantly to the beauty of this book.
I’m Cranky Because: With all of the ugliness that goes on regarding immigration generally and immigrating Latinos specifically, this should be required reading. People are people and they suffer and celebrate the same.
Should You?: Sí, absolutamente.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall was published on September 9, 2011 by Lee & Low Books.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary
Ages: 12 and up