by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
McCall's first book is a novel in verse. It's always kind of fun to see an author who manages to tell a complex story within the confines of poetry.
Lupita is a high school student with aspirations toward drama and performing. She's the oldest of eight children in a family that now lives in Texas, but once lived just south of the border. The family travels freely and frequently back to visit relatives, until Mami gets cancer. Lupita shows a level of strength that few teenagers in America find themselves needing.