Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

downHarperTeen, 2008     ISBN: 0060843101

Cuban-American teen Laura gets thrown out of  Catholic school and home all on the same day when her relationship with another girl is discovered. She and Marlena are forcibly separated, and Laura must decide whether going straight, if she can pull it off, is worth it, in order to be allowed home.

Fortunately Laura has friends who make sure she doesn’t end up homeless, and who help her accept herself and stand firm with her mother.

Heartbreaking and funny, and absolutely a must read. Unlike many young adult books, Dole addresses issues of culture and class head-on.

AWARDS: CCBC Choice Award; Americas Award Commended Title; ALA Rainbow Project 2009 List; Taysha’s List, 2009

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1 Comment

Filed under ***** Must Read, 2000s, Book Awards

One response to “Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

  1. Thank you for placing my book as a must read. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me, especially coming from a librarian.

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