Feeling like an outsider when she visits her relatives in Puerto Rico for the first time, eleven-year-old Felita tries to come to terms with the heritage she always took for granted.
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Felita's whole life seems to change the year that she turns twelve. Her mother begins to insist that her brothers go with her everywhere, and she's not allowed to hang out like she did last year. Nothing about growing up in a strict Hispanic household seems fair. Then Felita learns that one of her dreams will come true--she'll be spending the summer in Puerto Rico with her uncle Jorge. Even though she'll miss her family and her friends--especially Vinny--Felita knows she'll be happy.
But Felita's summer isn't at all what she expected. At first none of the girls wants to be friends with a Nuyorican, and Felita desperately wants to go back home. But by summer's end, Felita has grown up a little bit, and what she takes back to New York City is a deeper understanding of herself and her homeland.From the Back Cover:
A whole summer in Puerto Rico!
Felita can't believe she's going to Puerto Rico. It's like a dream come true, although she'll miss her friends -- especially Vinny. She's also glad to escape her mother's extra-strict supervision now that she's "a young lady". But Felita's summer isn't at all what she expected. Her uncle's small village is boring, and none of the girls want to be friends with an outsider. Felita desperately wants to go home. But she gradually manages to fit in, and by summer's end, Felita knows she will miss her new friends and her homeland.
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