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Becoming Beatriz
 

Becoming Beatriz (Hardback)

By Charles, Tami

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Beatriz dreams of a life spent dancing--until tragedy on the day of her quincea era changes everything. Up until her fifteenth birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez was her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far ... read full description below.

ISBN 9781580897785
Barcode 9781580897785
Published 17 September 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781580897785
ISBN-10 1580897789
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Imprint Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Publication Date 17 September 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Charles, Tami
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 139mm
Height: 210mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress Teenagers, Gangs, Ethnic relations, Dance, Nineteen eighties
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 1010262

Description of this Book

Beatriz dreams of a life spent dancing--until tragedy on the day of her quincea era changes everything. Up until her fifteenth birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez was her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far from the gang life that defined their days--that and meeting her dance idol Debbie Allen on the set of her favorite TV show, Fame. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. How is she supposed to feel the rhythm when her gang needs running, when her mami can't brush her own teeth, and when the last thing she can remember of her old self is dancing with her brother, followed by running and gunshots? When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go? Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz's story is a timeless one of a teenager's navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family's difficult past. A companion novel to the much-lauded Like Vanessa.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In a city where cocaine is king, can a teenage gang leader dare to dream of another life? Newark, New Jersey. 1984. Beatriz Mendez and her older brother, Junito, lead the powerful Latin Diablos gang. Everything changes on Beatriz's 15th birthday when a Haitian gang leaves Junito for dead and Beatriz badly injured. A Like Vanessa (2018) spinoff, this page-turner opens dramatically with a visceral fight scene that introduces a fierce protagonist. Beatriz is a Spanglish-speaking Puerto Rican badass with a blade tucked inside [her] cheek...to use on anybody who tries to step. In the aftermath of Junito's death, Beatriz struggles to maintain her standing as a Diabla, raise her grades (mostly D's and F's), and support her grief-stricken zombie of a mother. Though dancing ain't gonna pay the bills, she allows her childhood dream of becoming a dancer to glimmer through her tough exterior each week when watching her favorite TV show, Fame. Told in the first person, this narrative is full of passion and humor, with flashbacks rooted in Beatriz's beloved salsa music. Realistic newsprint clips effectively add context. A friendship/romance with a new boy contributes depth while avoiding predictability. As Beatriz transcends her trauma and self-doubt-- No such thing as a gangbanger turned famous dancer --readers experience a necessary portrayal of a young Afro Latina woman who makes her own path, one that isn't straightforward, told in an extremely realistic voice. Inspiring and fresh. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Tami Charles is a former elementary school teacher who now writes full-time and resides in Central New Jersey. She is the author of Like Vanessa, the Definitely Daphne series, and a debut picture book, Freedom Soup.

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