Perez, Ashley Hope. 2011. WHAT CAN(T) WAIT. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda. ISBN 9780761361558. [Suggested Grade Levels 7-12]
Marissa lives in Houston, Texas, the youngest daughter of hard-working immigrant parents who work at low-paying jobs. Her brother is more interested in cars and “hanging” even though he graduated from high school; her sister got pregnant and dropped out of school. Now Marisa has a chance to fulfill her dream of becoming an engineer-- scholarships and acceptance at two universities makes this possible. But her parents have never appreciated her hard work in school and straight A report cards and though she has a chance to become the person she wants to be, babysitting for her niece, cooking meals, working an almost fulltime job to help with family finances are all converging to thwart her dreams.
This is the perfect book to recommend to Latina girls who may be fighting the same battles. Use this selection for a girls book group as a starter for a discussion on personal goals and dreams vs. family pressures and expectations.
Canales, Viola. THE TEQUILA WORM. ISBN 9780375840890
Alegria, Malin. ESTRELLA’S QUINCENARA. ISBN 9780689878107
By Janet Hilbun