Under the Mesquite

By Thoughts From Mill Street

I don’t think I have read a young adult novel with such parent-child relationship that rang as positive and yet so authentic as this one. I loved that this family had two loving parents who worked together to build a better life for their children. McCall’s words, written as Lupita’s thoughts are eloquent and mature - sometimes humorous, other times poignant. Yet readers will totally believe they are the words and feelings of a teen. Like the roses in Mami’s garden, there is beauty throughout this book, at the same time there is a “mesquite tree” of strength and honesty that cannot be destroyed.

I really will miss the thrill of booktalking this to a junior high class or getting it into the hands of a special reader who’d devour like I did. Keep writing Guadalupe Garcia McCall - You have the talent and you know the hidden hearts of adolescents.