Pura Belpre Author Award – ALSC/Reforma
William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist – Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
2013 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award – Texas State University
Américas Award Honorable Mention – Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist – Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
2012 International Latino Book Awards – Honorable Mention – ILBA
2013 International Literacy Association’s Promising Poet Award – IRA


With poignant imagery and well-placed Spanish, the author effectively captures the complex lives of teenagers in many Latino and/or immigrant families. A promising, deeply felt debut.–Kirkus, Starred Review

This stunning debut novel in verse chronicles the teenage years of Lupita, a character drawn largely from the author’s own childhood…The simplicity of the story line belies the deep richness of McCall’s writing… This book will appeal to many teens for different reasons, whether they have dealt with the loss of a loved one, aspire to write and act, are growing up Mexican American, or seeking their own identity amid a large family. Bravo to McCall for a beautiful first effort.–School Library Journal

Told from Lupita’s point of view and in free verse, McCall elegantly captures the voice of a maturing young woman. This story is filled with ideas concerning self and cultural identity, grief, and the strength of family. Lupita is a smart, compassionate character with which readers will quickly identify and sympathize…Those who take the time to savor this quiet book will not be disappointed.–VOYA

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