An extraordinarily beautiful novel-in-verse, this important debut weaves a dramatic immigrant story together with Pilipino mythology to create something wholly new.
Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they don't know much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. As they get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and immigrant; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god. Both are tales of sisterhood and motherhood, and of the difficult experience of trying to fit into a new culture, and having to fight for a home and acceptance. Glorious and layered, this is a portrait of family and strength for the ages.
|Lexile ® Measure||860L|
|Guided Reading Level||Y|
|Product Type||Paperback Books|
|Book Type||Middle Grade Novels|
|Primary Contributor||Cookie Hiponia|
|Age Groups||Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15|
|Publisher||Dial Books for Young Readers|