Ada, Alma Flor and Zubizarreta, Gabriel M. Love, Amalia 144 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. $12.47. (Rating: G)
Amalia has a close relationship with her grandmother, and she learns so much from her: from cooking, family stories, and life advice. A situation arises when it’s up to Amalia to help bring the family together and she falls back on her time with her grandmother, and her amazing box of family letters.
This is a complex and wonderful book, but it’s going to take a teacher to help tease out the best from this book for students. I highly recommend as an in-class reading assignment, where the cultural references, themes, and plot elements can be better understood by students.
ELEMENTARY–OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.