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Following their father's death, Lupita and her brother must leave their Mexican fishing village for the U.S. to earn income for the family. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Patricia Beatty was born in Portland, Oregon, and was a longtime resident of southern California. After graduating from college, she taught high school English and history, and later held various positions as a science and technical librarian and also as a children's librarian. She taught Writing Fiction for Children at several branches of the University of California.

Patricia Beatty is the author of many popular and award-winning children's books, including such NCSS Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies as Eight Mules from Monterey; Behave Yourself, Bethany Brant; Turn Homeward, Hannalee; Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee; and Jayhawker. Her novel Lupita Mañana is a Jane Addams Children's Book Award honor book, and Charley Skedaddle won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.


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Product Details

  • Series: Harper Trophy Books (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 Reprint edition (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380732475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380732470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Lupita Mañana
Lupita Mañana is a very good book, and I recommend you to read it, because the deeper you get into the story you feel that it is becoming very interesting.
It is about two Spanish kids that had to leave home looking to get to the U.S. after their father dies. In the U.S. they had an aunt that lives in a town called Indio, in California.
They needed to go to their aunt's house and then, they needed to look for a job and earn money to send it back to their mother. Their mother needed to pay some money that she owed to the moneylender. Also she can't maintain the family alone.
The interesting part of the story is on the way to the U.S. because they had to go through a lot of adventure. They crossed the border two times because the first time they get caught by la migra. The second time they made it crossing the border to the U.S. and other difficult things to get to their aunt house.
I recommend you to read Lupita Mañana's book because after you read it, you can see the immigrants in a different way, as this story shows how most of the immigrants came here.
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Lupita Mañana is a book very much about immigration policy, but it's also about the struggle people go through when they come here especially illegal aliens. It's enjoy- able because how much perilous crossing the border can be and it can also take you to a world unknown to most people. Lupita and Salvador Torres, two Mexican kids who came here after their father had died in a boat at sea. They were told to come here because their mom had to borrow some money from a moneylender and now she has to pay it back. And if she doesn't do that then she'd probably lose the house and she wouldn't have anywhere to go to.
For their luck, their mom's sister, Consuelo, was living here in Indio, California. However, Lupita and Salvador were illegal aliens so they knew that crossing the border wouldn't be that easy, but they took the risk because of their mom and also because they were looking for a better tomorrow since that's how Lupita got her nickname. The book is all about Lupita's tomorrow. So, as we all know, there are these immigration police guarding the border between Mexico and the U.S. unfortunately they didn't know how hard and difficult it'd be to cross the border. Because of the number of people coming here illegally, thief think they come with money since they have to pay the coyote who bring people illegally to the US. And that's what happened to Lupita and Salvador, they got into this coyote car and pass the border, but they got into this place where there were those thieves waiting for them or anyone who goes by. It was a terrible moment for our two young adventures, then a chopper come on sight with immigration police and suddenly a shot was heard! Everything thing quitted down, except for the police chopper.
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I want to start off by saying if you want a good fictional account of a child immigrating from Mexico, watch the movie Under the Same Moon, or La Misma Luna Under the Same Moon it shows more hardships, I think, and had pretty much a whole class of college students almost in tears.

Now, about this book. It shows some of the hardships of crossing the border, but in a somewhat simplistic fashion. It also shows the process of Americanization and what happens when American values conflict with traditional Mexican values. It also seemed to want to legitimize crossing a border illigally which, no matter what the reasons, is still a crime. I really did not like the ending, but I won't say more about it because I don't want to spoil it.
It is an easy read, I would reccomend it for third/fourth grade students. It would be a good read in Southern California. If you live near Indio or Colton, it's a really interesting book, and you can map out the path of Lupita and her brother.
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Format: Paperback
Lupita Manana is an interesting and revealing tale of the times: of the desperation of a people hungry for the promise of employment to provide simple sustenance for their lives. The traditional beckoning call of the United States to "give us your tired, your hungry, your poor..." is rebutted by the imigration policy and officials which seek to ferret out unregistered Mexicans working illegally in the states and adhere to a policy of repatriation. Patricia Beatty has crafted a narrative, replete with tragedy and sadness, as well as humor and joy. Fundamental to the story is the main character of Lupita, whose resiliency of spirit places her among that select group of characters called "survivors". Mourning the death of their Father, Lupita and her brother, Salvador, with the blessing of their Mother, set their resolve to cross the border from Mexico into the United States to earn money to support their family. Leaving their insular home, with the hope of finding work in the north, in quick succession, Lupita and Salvador encounter barrier after barrier to their determined intention. At first they fail miserably. Subjected to extraordinary pressures, hounded by "la migra", Lupita's indominable spirit ultimately leads to their prevailing. But their vision of life in the United States is contrasted by the harsh reality of menial chores and farm labor. Upper intermediate readers will be captured by the rapid pace of the drama as Lupita and her brother make their way from their small fishing village in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico to the sanctuary of their Aunt Consuelo's home in Indio, California.Read more ›
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