Young Adult Literature


Surprising Cecilia
by Susan & Denise Gonzales Abraham


From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10–This sequel to Cecilia's Year (Cinco Puntos, 2004) tells of the teen's first year in the local high school in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1930s. Devastated when she learns that her crush is attending school in El Paso, Cecilia longs to live in a modern city. She continues to pine for Johnny throughout the novel, and readers will be relieved when the two are finally reunited in the last chapters when Cecilia accompanies her aunt on a brief visit to El Paso. An excellent student, she works hard at home to help her family, but receives no encouragement to continue her education from her old-fashioned mother. The book relies on the memories of the authors about their mother, Cecilia Gonzales Abraham, and the sentimental retelling of family stories. Captioned black-and-white photographs are included at the beginning of each chapter. A brief endnote brings readers up-to-date on the life of the real Cecilia.–Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX 
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