Under the Mesquite

As the oldest of eight siblings, Lupita is used to taking the lead—and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discovers Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit Mexican American family. Suddenly Lupita must face a whole new set of challenges, with new roles to play, and no one is handing her the script.

In the midst of juggling life as a high school student, testing her wings as an actress, and dealing with friends who don’t always understand, Lupita desperately wants to support Mami in whatever way she can. While her father stays with Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she escapes the chaos of home by writing in the shade of a mesquite tree. Overwhelmed by change and loss, she takes refuge in the healing power of words.

Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita’s journey is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about the testing of family bonds, the strength of a young woman navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience, and the kind of love that cannot be uprooted.

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October 31, 2011 Guadalupe Books 6 Comments


  1. Michelle

    September 9, 2017

    This book is awesome! I can relate to so many of these things and i can’t reading it! Good job, Guadalupe

  2. Aliyah Valencia

    October 29, 2018

    This book sounds so Interesting!! Can’t wait to read!

  3. yareli

    October 29, 2018

    I love this book already!!

    Can you also make short young adult stories for holidays?

    Love yareli,

    Ps (you are the best book righter ever!!)

  4. Nataly Gonzalez

    December 18, 2018

    This book inspired me to be close with my family and cherish the moments I have with them. I love how your wrote about your life and every detail that was added. This book is one of my many favorites, I love it!

  5. Ximena Martinez Coria

    February 5, 2019

    I am Ximena Martinez Coria and I am enjoying this book I am not done with it yet because we are reading it at school with my teacher. I was born in Mexico and I kind off share the same story as you because I got bullied because they thought that I was forgetting my life as Mexican but I wasn’t. Now I go to Hubbard High School in Chicago IL.

  6. Coral

    January 30, 2020

    This is a really book that I think everyone should read.

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