Coming in fall 2019!
Chronicle Books will release Rebecca’s debut middle-grade novel, Quijana.
The book stars Quijana, a sixth grader trying to navigate life in the Guatemalan-American hyphen. She’ll have to summon courage to overcome family, school, and cultural crises to emerge as an empowered young woman.
Along with pieces called “breathtaking” by Naomi Shihab Nye, these poems twirl their skirts as they explore bi-cultural identity, growing up, a young mother’s struggles, and the limits of language. Half Latina and half Anglo, the speaker worries about “black-topped boys with butterscotch skin” who whistle at her, but loves how flowers “explode into curls of crepe.”
Paperback published by Pecan Grove Press, 2009.
E-version available as free download here: Palabras in Each Fist