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Bless Me, Ultima

By Kenneth Butler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Cultural Exploration of Fate Vs. Free Will

This book is a coming of age story about a 10 year old Mexican american boy who has to decide whether to follow his mother's families path or his father's family path. The story deals with themes of fate vs. free will, good vs. evil and what it means to be an adult. Through Antonio's interactions with Ultima he learns about Santeria. There is some violence and mention of sex but it is not explicit and the language is rich in figurative language.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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This marvelous book sold more than 300,000 copies essentially on word-of-mouth recommendation after it was published in 1972, and is now often required reading in school. It would be a mistake to call it an "ethnic" novel -- one of interest primarily to Latino readers. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, it has universal appeal as a story that brings to life a time, place, and customs chiefly from the point of view of a child. BLESS ME, ULTIMA is both lyrical and realistic, has many positive messages, and deals with extremely weighty and important issues.

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