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Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our…

Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood

by Veronica Chambers

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RGG: Sweet story about two girl friends growing up in NYC, one of whom goes to live for a year in Panama with her grandmother. Nothing terrible happens. Easy read.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 2, 2012 |
Marisol and Magdalena are two best friends. They are both first generation Panama-Americans. The two friends are separated when Marisol has to go to Panama for a year. In Panama, she gets in touch with her culture and tries to find her father. I really enjoyed this novel, and I feel a lot of Latinas can identify with it. I speak in Spanglish all the time with my family, and I was also teased about my Spanish accent. I wish I would have read novels like this when I was an early teen. I am not sure on how to use this as a lesson. If I was teaching at an all girls school, I might have my students explore the culture and customs in Panama or other Central American countries. My family is from Honduras, and I found some customs or even sayings (like "Las cosas se hacen bien, o no se hacen") very similar. ( )
  jenvid | Oct 16, 2011 |
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Marisol and Magdalena are mejores amigas - best friends - who live in Brooklyn. They have grown up with their extended families, a group of colorful, eccentric relatives who are forever trying to reach the girls the ways of Panama, their native land. For Marisol, a Latinegra - a black and a Latina - child, life is especially challenging as she tries to balance several heritages. When Marisol's mother sends her to live in Panama with her abuela, the move puts Marisol's American values to the test, and also tests her friendship with Magdalena. But going to Panama also presents an opportunity for Marisol to search for her father, Lucho, a man she has never met.

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Separated from her best friend in Brooklyn, thirteen-year-old Marisol spends a year with her grandmother in Panama where she secretly searches for her real father.

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