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Cuba 15
Contributor(s): Osa, Nancy (Author)

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ISBN: 0385732333     ISBN-13: 9780385732338
Publisher: Ember
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2005
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Annotation: Violet Paz has just turned 15, a pivotal birthday in the eyes of her Cuban grandmother. Fifteen is the age when a girl enters womanhood, traditionally celebrating the occasion with a quinceanero. But while Violet is half Cuban, she's also half Polish, and more importantly, she feels 100% American. Except for her zany family's passion for playing dominoes, smoking cigars, and dancing to Latin music, Violet knows little about Cuban culture, nada about quinces, and only tidbits about the history of Cuba. So when Violet begrudgingly accepts Abuela's plans for a quinceanero-and as she begins to ask questions about her Cuban roots-cultures and feelings collide. The mere mention of Cuba and Fidel Castro elicits her grandparents'sadness and her father's anger. Only Violet's aunt Luz remains open-minded. With so many divergent views, it's not easy to know what to believe. All Violet knows is that she's got to form her own opinions, even if this jolts her family into unwanted confrontations. After all, a quince girl is supposed to embrace responsibility-and to Violet that includes understanding the Cuban heritage that binds her to a homeland she's never seen. This is Nancy Osa's first novel.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
- Young Adult Fiction | Coming Of Age
- Young Adult Fiction | Family - Multigenerational
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 12-UP
Grade Level: 7-UP
Lexile Measure: 750(Not Available)
Series: Random House Reader's Circle
Physical Information: 0.66" H x 5.18" W x 8.05" (0.56 lbs) 304 pages
Themes:
- Cultural Region - Caribbean & West Indies
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
- Ethnic Orientation - Multicultural
- Geographic Orientation - Illinois
- Locality - Chicago, Illinois
- Topical - Adolescence/Coming of Age
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Review Citations: Kliatt 05/01/2005 pg. 30
Publishers Weekly 04/04/2005 pg. 62
PW Notes and Reprints 04/04/2005 pg. 62
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 74753
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
 
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Publisher Description:
For fans of Matt de la Pe a and Sandra Cisneros comes a novel about family and identity, where Violet Paz prepares for her quincea ero and learns about her Cuban heritage.

Violet Paz has just turned fifteen, a pivotal birthday in the eyes of her Cuban grandmother. Fifteen is the age when a girl enters womanhood, traditionally celebrating the occasion with a quincea ero.
But while Violet is half Cuban, she's also half Polish, and more importantly, she feels 100% American. Except for her zany family's passion for playing dominoes, smoking cigars, and dancing to Latin music, Violet knows little about Cuban culture, nada about quinces, and only tidbits about the history of Cuba.
So when Violet begrudgingly accepts Abuela's plans for a quincea ero-and as she begins to ask questions about her Cuban roots-cultures and feelings collide. The mere mention of Cuba and Fidel Castro elicits her grandparents'sadness and her father's anger. Only Violet's aunt Luz remains open-minded.
With so many divergent views, it's not easy to know what to believe. All Violet knows is that she's got to form her own opinions, even if this jolts her family into unwanted confrontations. After all, a quince girl is supposed to embrace responsibility-and to Violet that includes understanding the Cuban heritage that binds her to a homeland she's never seen.

"Violet's hilarious cool first-person narrative veers between farce and tenderness, denial and truth."--Booklist, Starred Review

This funny and tender chronicle of Violet's 15th year... has] heart and humor.-Kirkus Reviews

"Cuba 15 will make readers laugh, whether or not their families are as loco as Violet's."--The Horn Book Magazine

Osa's tale about a warmhearted, fun-loving family, a teenager's typical ambivalence about different cultures, the stress of dealing with high school demands and pressures, a budding romance, and how an imaginative, high-spirited young woman handles some thorny issues and does some growing up in the process, rings true and makes for an entertaining story.-VOYA

The characters are so charming that while readers are in their company, the experience is interesting and engaging.-SLJ

A Pura Belpr Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Booklist Top Ten Youth First Novels

 
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