Parents' Guide to

The Tequila Worm

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving tale of Texas Latina going to White boarding school.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great story for any age 12+

I really enjoyed reading this book. I am a Latina and I think that this book can show other cultures that latinos as not just in for taking their jobs, making things worse for them.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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First-time novelist Viola Canales creates a realistic but not didactic portrait of life in a Mexican American community in Texas. Canales' depiction will resonate with readers from within and without that culture. Vivid details of foods, traditions, rituals, and clothing are warm, rich, loving, and integrated into the daily life and mindset of all the characters.

When Sofia steps out of her community into one very alien to her -- a mostly White Protestant boarding school -- she neither loses touch with her home and culture nor feels like an outsider in her new setting. While she faces some prejudice in her new school, she also finds support, close friends, and a superb education while remaining true to herself. The Tequila Worm is a lovely, moving, warmhearted story that lingers long after the last page.

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