Parents' Guide to

Under the Mesquite

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.

Under the Mesquite Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Spanish words and phrases sprinkled liberally throughout UNDER THE MESQUITE add an exotic flavor to the free verse, yet never inhibit the flow or clarity of the story. Narrator Lupita moves the reader easily back and forth through time, remembering her childhood, thinking about her future, and experiencing the heartbreaking present as she watches her mother's health deteriorate, all while struggling to hold onto her dreams of being a college student, an actress, and a writer.

Under the Mesquite has won numerous awards, was named an ALA Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association, and made the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate