The Turning Pointe

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$18.99  $17.66
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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5.89 X 8.54 X 1.41 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author
Vanessa L. Torres is a Latinx writer who has worked as a flight medic and currently works as a firefighter paramedic. She's a founding member of the B.R.A.V.E. Foundation, a volunteer organization that works with firefighting and medical personnel in developing countries and is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International for her work in Guatemala. Vanessa is also the co-coordinator of The Olympia Writers Group, a critique group with one-hundred-plus members, and an active member of SCBWI and The Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Transplanted from Minnesota, she is married to another firefighter paramedic and they live in the Pacific Northwest with their nine-year-old daughter. This is her debut novel.
"Firmly rooted in era and place, interwoven with Spanish and filled with vivid, frequently gritty, sensory details and suspenseful subplots, the novel powerfully depicts Rosa's emotional voice, deep love for Gloria, and struggles toward understanding, acceptance, and joy."--Publishers Weekly

"Realistic with a beautifully hopeful ending, Torres' historical novel will dance its way into readers' hearts."--Booklist

"A powerful story of overcoming expectations with a hopeful ending."--Kirkus

"With masterfully drawn characters, complex relationships, and gripping prose, Torres has given the world a story that will cling to hearts and minds long after its final words. Hauntingly gorgeous."
--Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times-bestselling author of A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

"Torres crafts characters so real I can feel their heartbeats as strong as Prince's "Purple Rain" guitar solo. You won't forget this incredibly compelling story that goes beyond a girl just finding out who she is--but how to be the change the world isn't ready for yet. A must read for anyone with a heart."
--Dante Medema, author of The Truth Project and Message Not Found