The Tequila Worm

Book Description
Sofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, preparing for quincea–era, rejoicing in the Christmas nacimiento, and curing homesickness by eating the tequila worm. When Sofia is singled out to receive a scholarship to an elite boarding school, she longs to explore life beyond the barrio, even though it means leaving her family to navigate a strange world of rich, privileged kids. It's a different mundo, but one where Sofia's traditions take on new meaning and illuminate her path.

About the Author
Viola Canales, a native of McAllen, Texas, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She was a captain in the U.S. Army and worked as a litigation and trial attorney. In 1994 she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she oversaw the delivery of economic and entrepreneurial development programs for various states in the southwestern region. She currently lives in Stanford, California.

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