Shine On, Luz Véliz!


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$17.99  $16.55
Chronicle Books
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6.04 X 8.37 X 0.94 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca Balcárcel took her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College's Writing Seminars and received their Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. The Other Half of Happy won the Pura Belpré Author Honor, which recognizes literature for children or youth that best portrays the Latinx cultural experience. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Third Coast and North American Review, and her book of poems is titled Palabras In Each Fist. She currently serves the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English and lives in Belford, Texas. Find her on YouTube as the SixMinuteScholar.


"An uplifting and powerful story about family and self-discovery." -Stacy McAnulty, author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
"Watching Luz Véliz reinvent herself in this lyrical page-turner--from soccer star to computer coder, from only child to hermana--is an absolute treat. Luz not only learns to shine, but to cast her brilliant light far and wide. She left a warm glow in my heart long after I finished reading."--Marcy Campbell, acclaimed author of Rule of Threes
"I wanted to hug this book when I finished. If you have ever believed in the power of second chances, Luz Véliz will light up your heart." -Christina Soontornvat, Newbery Honor-winning author of A Wish in the Dark