Fitting In
Fitting In
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Annotation: A collection of stories about young girls who as Cuban immigrants to the United States grow in confidence and spirit as they confront painful challenges, meeting them head-on.
Catalog Number: #5810143
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 223
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85437-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85437-6
Dewey: Fic
Genre: Short stories
Language: English
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Teacher's Guide: Fitting In Teacher's Guide

This short story collection by Anilu Bernardo, takes us from the soccer field to the seashore. Her spunky Cuban-American protagonists navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami, and their lot is all that much harder as they juggle the traditional burdens of middle school and high school coupled with the stresses of living those burdens in a foreign culture. Bernardo crafts a panorama of intelligent and spirited young girls struggling to find a place for themselves. Like when Sari wants to talk about boys and school with her friends instead of babysitting for Grandma, who always asks her to translate the most embarrassing things.... or when Clari stews in her room after she's grounded because the snippy old woman next door complained about Clari bending her stupid fence ... or when Mari turns in a homemade diorama in a context where her work must compete with all the store-bought iridescent paper and underwater photography that parents with money can buy... Bernardo shows tht it's tough enough to be caught between the two worlds of childhood and womanhood, but when a Cuban girl must cross the bridge between two cultures to fit into a foreign environment, she faces a league of other headaches as well. The young girls in this collection don't let the cultural challenges define them. Instead, with a little resourcefulness and strong spirit, they manage to, in the words of one character, break out of themselves and the limits that culture puts on them.a

Grandma was never young
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A do-it-yourself project
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