Other Half of Happy (The Other Half of Happy)

the other half of happy

This immersive and beautifully written novel follows the story of Quijana, a girl in pieces.

Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole.

This is a heartfelt poetic portrayal of a girl growing up, fitting in, and learning what it means to belong.

• Lyrical middle grade debut from author Rebecca Balcárcel • A diverse and family-centered story that resonates with anyone who remembers, or is going through, growing pains • Inclusively embraces real life experiences with biracial, autistic, and gay characters

One-half Guatemalan, one-half American: When Quijana's Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn't know more about her family's heritage.

One-half crush, one-half buddy: When Quijana meets Zuri and Jayden, she knows she's found true friends. But she can't help the growing feelings she has for Jayden.

One-half kid, one-half grown-up: Quijana spends her nights Skyping with her ailing grandma and trying to figure out what's going on with her increasingly hard-to-reach brother.---from the publisher

332 pages                          978-1452169989                     Ages 10-14

Keywords:  finding yourself, fitting in, belonging, Latina, Latinx, cousins, heritage, friends, grandmother, diversity, diverse books, coming of age, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, autism, LGBTQ, biracial, Pura Belpré Honor Book

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