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When sixteen-year-old Monica and her widowed father go back to Los Angeles, reluctantly moving from a wealthy neighborhood to the barrio house her mother grew up in, Monica tries to locate a missing neighbor, and in the process learns about her mother's past.When Monica and her widowed father go back to Los Angeles, moving from a wealthy neighborhood to the barrio house her mother grew up in, Monica tries to locate a missing neighbor, and in the process learns about her mother's past.
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Ofelia Dumas Lachtman was born in Los Angeles of Mexican-immigrant parents. She is the author of several bilingual picture books, including Big Enough/Bastante grande (Pinata Books, 1998), and five other books in the Pepita series: Pepita Packs Up/Pepita empaca (Pinata Books, 2005); Pepita Finds Out/Lo que Pepita descubre (Pinata Books, 2002); Pepita Takes Time/Pepita, siempre tarde (Pinata Books, 2000); Pepita Thinks Pink/Pepita y el color rosado (Pinata Books, 1998); and Pepita Talks Twice/Pepita habla dos veces (Pinata Books, 1995).From Publishers Weekly:
Overblown writing weighs down this riches-to-rags mystery about a privileged girl forced to move to the Los Angeles barrio where her late mother grew up. Sixteen-year-old M¢nica has long forgotten her Latino roots ("If my name ever had an accent, she thought, it doesn't now and I like it that way"). But when her father loses his prestigious government job, not getting the shiny new car she'd expected is "just the first of her disappointments" she also must leave her fancy Virginia boarding school and get used to straitened circumstances. Then M¢nica becomes intrigued by the disappearance of El Pintor ("the painter"), who has lived rent-free on the property by longstanding arrangement with her mother's family. The barrio, supposedly such a shock to M¢nica, never takes on much personality, and most characterizations and relationships prove shallow. For example, a key clue to El Pintor's importance has to do with M¢nica's mother, Cristina, who died when M¢nica was four, and yet this pivotal character receives only perfunctory description ("She was as nice as she was pretty"). As she pieces together clues about El Pintor and his paintings, M¢nica doesn't always seem 16, especially as she sometimes lapses into a schoolmarmish tone. Some readers may appreciate the Latino setting, while others may not care enough about these flimsy characters to unravel El Pintor's secret. Ages 11-up.
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