Fourteen-year old Maria Cecilia Gonzales is a dreamer. Her books carry her far away, beyond the purple and blue mountains of the farm community she lives in--to high school and then on to a job in the big city.
As Cecilia struggles to fulfill her goals, she experiences a deep appreciation for her family and the first tender feelings of romantic love.
Susan and Denise Gonzales Abraham have woven the story of Cecilia's dreams into the months of the year, the land and the crops, and the routine life on a farm.
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 211 x 140 x 15 mm
"Cecilia Gonzales is nearly 14, a book-loving, excellent student, and dirt poor. She lives in rural New Mexico on her family's farm with five siblings, her parents, and an aunt. It's a hard life, just barely post-Depression--the children go barefoot, receive an orange or nuts for Christmas, and work hard from a very early age--but it's supported by family closeness and respect for traditions. Cecilia dreams of leaving the farm, going to high school, and working in a big city, but her mother is intent that she should become a farm housewife. Told in brief episodes tied to the months of the year, this tribute to the authors' mother will attract readers who enjoyed books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Alma Flor Ada. The authors describe a way of life now extinct in the urban U.S., but which some readers growing up in rural areas or immigrant families may recognize. Vintage sepia-toned photos open each chapter, and a Spanish glossary of proverbs will aid the non-Spanish-speaking reader."--Booklist
"Covering a year in the life of a Depression-era girl in a Hispanic household in rural New Mexico, this book is a tribute to a quiet heroine. As children of the real Cecilia, the authors offer an episodic account of a 14-year-old who desperately wants to go to high school at a time when most girls were expected to work at home. The cultural details are vivid and integrated into the story, providing a rich context and a snapshot of an entire community. A concluding note tells what happened to Cecilia as an adult. This fictionalized biography succeeds on several levels. Each chapter takes place during one month and has the feel of a complete short story while carrying readers along as Cecilia's determination to be something more than a good farm wife and mother bumps up against tough opposition. Spanish proverbs and family photos round out this vivid story of one young woman's determination to follow her dream." -- School Library Journal
""Cecilia's Year" is a
"Told in brief episodes tied to the months of the year, this tribute to the authors' mother will attract readers who enjoyed books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Alma Flor Ada...Vintage sepia-toned photos open each chapter, and a Spanish glossary of proverbs will aid the non-Spanish-speaking reader."--Booklist
"This book is a tribute to a quiet heroine...Spanish proverbs and family photos round out this vivid story of one young woman's determination to follow her dream." -- School Library Journal
"Cecilia's Year explores the tribulations of growing up and determining one's own destiny, in a heartfelt manner sure to resonate with anyone striving to find their place in the world." --Midwest Book Review
"This is an excellent book for young Latinas, showing the richness of their heritage, and a good way to introduce all girls to the variety of backgrounds that make up American life." --Kliatt, marked for review as a book of exceptional material
"This novel offers a perspective of family dynamics and their consequences on people's actions and reactions, the generational debates between parents and children, and the encompassing love that allows children to grow and mature into the adults they wish to become ...Highly recommended for all public and private libraries." --Review of Texas Books
"The authors paint a beautiful and vivid canvas of life in rural New Mexico and Latino traditions....This book will speak to anyone with a dream and the courage to follow it into the dark places where it will almost certainly lead the dreamer." --New Mexico Kids!
"Fans of Anne of Green Gables or the Little House series will like Cecilia." --Yellow Brick Road
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