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Estrella's Quincinera (2007)

Author: Allegria, Malin Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 260 pages

For as long as Estrella Alvarez can remember, her mother has been planning to throw her an elaborate quinceaƱera for her fifteenth birthday -- complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Just thinking about her quince makes Estrella cringe. But her mother insists that it's tradition. Estrella has other things on her mind, anyway -- like dating Speedy. Does it matter that her new friends -- and her parents -- would never approve of a guy from el barrio? Estrella's almost fifteen and wants to start making her own decisions. But is she ready to find out who she is -- and who she really wants to be?

ISBN 13: 978-0689878107
Reading Level (grade): 4.3