Luna's California Poppies

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Bilingual Press/Editorial BilingŁe, Nov 1, 2002 - Fiction - 238 pages
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In Luna's California Poppies a young girl tries to come to terms with an unstable family situation and a harsh environment. Taking the form of a diary, the novel is exceptional in the way it vividly captures a street-wise twelve-year-old's voice. Luna is angry, despairing, joyful, aggressive, and admirable. Deserted by her mother, she is taken into the home of a kind stranger who not only takes care of her physical needs for food, shelter, and security but also encourages her to read, write, and study. In this new environment, Luna records her struggles and triumphs as she becomes a young woman. In the second part of the book, an adult Luna takes up the diary when she and her family move to the country and face a new set of challenges. A mother now, Luna muses on her past while she and her children confront an unexpected obstacle in their new home - bigotry.

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User Review  - bakersfieldbarbara - LibraryThing

Written as a diary, this was difficult to read. It was interesting to see how an adolescent thinks, but again, I struggled to follow the story line. the ending was better, in that it was written from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marinda Peters - Goodreads

COming of age story of a Latina youth. It was written in the language of a teenager. This style madew it difficult to follow at first, but later made it seem more realistic. It is great for anyone working with of intersted in at-risk youth or cultural minorities in the US. Read full review

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Alma Luz Villanueva teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

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