Cecilia's Year (Latino Fiction for Young Adults) (Hardcover)

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Cecilia's Year is the first title in Cinco Puntos' new series, Latino YA Fiction. This lovely young adult novel follows in the classic tradition of Little House on the Prairie.

Fourteen-year old Maria Cecilia Gonzales is a dreamer. She's smart, for one thing, and she loves to read. Her books carry her far away, beyond the purple and blue mountains of the farm community she lives in--to high school and then on to a job in the big city.

But something stands in the way of her dreams. Cecilia is the second of six children and her oldest brother Elias doesn't like to study and isn't interested in going to high school. And, since it's the 1930s, just after the Depression, and since Cecilia and her family live in the quiet Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, Cecilia's stern mother won't let her go to high school unless Elias goes. That would cause Elias to lose face in their tight-knit community. And anyway, Cecilia's mother thinks her daughter's highest aim should be to run a home--to cook and sew and to raise children. Elias' only ambition is to be a farmer and no amount of cajoling by Cecilia seems to change his mind.

As Cecilia struggles to fulfill her goals, she experiences a deep appreciation for her family and the first tender feelings of romantic love. Susan and Denise Gonzales Abraham have woven the story of Cecilia's dreams into the months of the year, the land and the crops, and the routine life on a farm. The real Cecilia is Susan and Denise's mother. This, their first novel, is a tribute to her and to the deep roots of their family in rural New Mexico. The sisters live and work as educators in El Paso, Texas.

About the Author

Susan and Denise Gonzales Abraham are daughters of Cecilia Gonzales Abraham, the title character of Cecilia's Year. The sisters were born and raised in El Paso, and they both graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.S. in Education. Denise Gonzales Abraham received a master's degree in reading education from Arizona State University. She has taught Spanish, English, reading skills, and English as a second language in Phoenix, Arizona, and El Paso, and is currently an elementary school librarian with the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso. She lives with her son James Carlo and seven cats.

Praise For…

"Told in brief episodes tied to the months of the year, this tribute to the authors' mother will attract readers who enjoyed books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Alma Flor AdaVintage sepia-toned photos open each chapter, and a Spanish glossary of proverbs will aid the non-Spanish-speaking reader."Booklist

"This book is a tribute to a quiet heroineSpanish proverbs and family photos round out this vivid story of one young woman's determination to follow her dream." School Library Journal

"Cecilia’s Year explores the tribulations of growing up and determining one’s own destiny, in a heartfelt manner sure to resonate with anyone striving to find their place in the world." Midwest Book Review

"This is an excellent book for young Latinas, showing the richness of their heritage, and a good way to introduce all girls to the variety of backgrounds that make up American life." Kliatt, marked for review as a book of exceptional material

"This novel offers a perspective of family dynamics and their consequences on people’s actions and reactions, the generational debates between parents and children, and the encompassing love that allows children to grow and mature into the adults they wish to become Highly recommended for all public and private libraries." Review of Texas Books

"The authors paint a beautiful and vivid canvas of life in rural New Mexico and Latino traditions.This book will speak to anyone with a dream and the courage to follow it into the dark places where it will almost certainly lead the dreamer." New Mexico Kids!

"Fans of Anne of Green Gables or the Little House series will like Cecilia." Yellow Brick Road

Product Details
ISBN: 9780938317876
ISBN-10: 0938317873
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2004
Pages: 210
Language: English
Series: Latino Fiction for Young Adults