Morse Pond Review: Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Look Both Ways in the Barrio BlancoLook Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Judith Robbins Rose

Candlewick Press

$16.99

Available now

I really enjoyed this book, and I loved the fact that it reflects a lot of Mexican culture.  The main character, Jacinta Juarez struggles to admit the fact that her Mama has gone, and might not make it back across the Mexican border.  Meanwhile, she is paired with a rich and famous mentor, Jacinta is not sure where she belongs.  She doesn’t know whether to stay with her family, and work as a cleaning lady, or follow her dream with the help of her new mentor and become something different.

Everyone can love Jacinta’s realistic attitude, how she wants her mentor to herself, and keep her forever.  Her perseverance is long tunnel that goes on forever as she fights to get her Mama back and show the world what she can do.  For those who are fans of Listen, Slowly, or Bayou Magic, you would like this book.

~ Grace H., age 11

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