Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez (Little Brown & Co. 2009)

May 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Lena, a middle school Latina girl, lives with her dad in South Texas. A year ago her mother died and life became difficult. Her dad who teaches English in college is more engrossed in his books than in his daughter. Her best friend Vanessa Cantu has a new boyfriend and that causes strains. And Mrs. Cantu can hardly talk about men without fireworks since her husband left her. Lena is a likeable protagonist who has moods but the dark ones don’t last long. She is crazy about socks and sorts them into categories when she isn’t wearing them around her neck. She is also crazy about a Luis, a boy with his own issues. Each chapter starts with a Spanish proverb that is translated into English. The title Confetti refers to the endless hollow eggshells Vanessa’s mom makes and fills with confetti that should bring everyone luck. Happily, Lena, her dad and friends figure out how to create their own happiness using cascarones (hollow eggshells) and their own emerging social skills. This coming-of-age story is perfectly attuned to middle school readers.

J Fiction, Recommended—Lillian Hecker (PEL)

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