Under the Mesquite

By Readergirlz

When Kirkus gives a star and says, “a promising deeply felt debut,” listen! And I did. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall is a verse novel of beautiful realism.

The book skips quickly along through seasons and years as just the most poignant moments are shared, whether they be crisis or quiet. The symbol of the resilient mesquite tree echoes its strength from beginning to end.

At readergirlz we most definitely applaud Lee & Low for adding a brilliant Mexican American voice to young adult literature. Read Under the Mesquite for the rich culture and shared human experience of pain, loss, and rebirth.