by Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Synopsis: Amalia's best friend, Martha, is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia's abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.
But when another loss racks Amalia's life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?
from the book jacket
Review: In this book, Amalia struggles with her feelings about her best friend, Martha, moving. Her grandmother tries to help her but before Amalia can feel better a tragic event happens in Amalia's life. Amalia's grandmother has always been a huge part of her life and someone who helped her with many things. Amalia loved learning about her heritage through her grandmother's stories and baking. This book was just too simple for me and was very flat. Amalia was one dimensional as were the other characters.
Rating: 2.5 stars