The Other Half of Happy

The Other Half of Happy

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2020 Pura Belpre Honor Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

ALSC Notable Children's Book

2020 Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book

2020 Spirit of Texas Reading Program Recommended Title

Quijana is a girl in pieces. One-half Guatemalan, one-half American: When Quijana's Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn't know more about her family's heritage. One-half crush, one-half buddy: When Quijana meets Zuri and Jayden, she knows she's found true friends. But she can't help the growing feelings she has for Jayden. One-half kid, one-half grown-up: Quijana spends her nights Skyping with her ailing grandma and trying to figure out what's going on with her increasingly hard-to-reach brother. In the course of this immersive and beautifully written novel, Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole. This lyrical debut from Rebecca Balcarcel is a heartfelt poetic portrayal of a girl growing up, fitting in, and learning what it means to belong.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 143 x 207 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1452169985
  • 9781452169989
  • 66,601

Review quote

"A lovely, moving, and realistic view of the struggles and insecurities--as well as the beauty--that comes from being bicultural."--Booklist, starred review---
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About Rebecca Balcarcel

Rebecca Balcarcel received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared in journals such as the North American Review. She is an associate professor of English at Tarrant County College. She lives in Bedford, Texas.
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Rating details

494 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 44% (217)
4 37% (182)
3 17% (83)
2 2% (9)
1 1% (3)
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