Estela Bernal Can You See Me Now?

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Can You See Me Now?

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On Amanda's thirteenth birthday, her father is killed by a drunk driver while on the way to pick up her birthday present. She's stunned when she overhears her mother blaming her: "If she hadn't insisted on that stupid watch for her birthday, he would still be alive." Her mom retreats into extra shifts at work, leaving Mandy with her grandmother and making her feel as if she has lost both parents.

To make matters worse, she's the butt of cruel pranks at school. One day, some girls even glue her skirt to the chair! But things take a turn for the better when she befriends Paloma, an unusual new student at Central Middle School, who introduces her to yoga and meditation. And she reluctantly becomes friends with Rogelio, a fat boy who is bullied even more than she is by their classmates.

Mandy's new friends, a dog named Lobo and an interesting school project help to ease the pain of her father's death and her mother's absence. She maintains a connection to her father by writing letters to him each night. But will she always be invisible to her mother?

Estela Bernal's debut novel, a fast-paced and entertaining read for middle school teens, explores tough issues including death and bullying with sensitivity and humor.

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ESTELA BERNAL was born and raised in Texas, and lived in California for several years before moving to Portland, Oregon. This is her first published novel.

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Gr 6 Up—In this debut realistic novel, 13-year-old Amanda is mourning the loss of her father who was killed by a drunk driver while out buying her a birthday gift. Complicating her feelings is the realization that her grieving mother blames Amanda for her husband's death. While trying to understand her mother's increasing physical and emotional distance, Amanda begins living with her grandmother, a move that provides her with a supportive and loving adult to lean on and the confidence to befriend two other young people who feel isolated at school. Amanda's new friends, Paloma, a yoga-enthusiast, and Rogelio, a boy who, like Amanda, has been bullied by their classmates, introduce Amanda to new experiences, new food, and a lovable dog that plays an important role in the girl's recovery. Through a school project, she also meets an older neighbor who helps Amanda appreciate her community and to feel more invested in its future. Over time, Amanda emerges stronger and happier, and ultimately she is able to reconnect with her mother. While the novel leads to a satisfying resolution, the wooden dialogue distracts from the story and creates distance from the characters. This quiet novel may be an effective vehicle for exploring feelings around loss, but the underdeveloped characters make it challenging to connect with them in any meaningful way.—Shelley Sommer, Inly School, Scituate, MA

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