Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.
In her first novel for young readers, Diana López creates a clever and honest story about a young Latina girl navigating growing pains in her South Texan city.
Praise for Confetti Girl:
"López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters' Latino heritage; Vanessa's mother deals with her divorce by obsessively making Mexican cascarones-confetti-filled eggshells-and Spanish is sprinkled throughout. This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."
"An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town, in which Hispanic teachers, students, and parents celebrate traditional American holidays alongside such traditional Mexican observances as el Dia de los Muertos and a Quinceanera. Local idioms of Spanish proverbs - dichos - used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers."
Diana Lopez is the author of the novels Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, Choke, and Confetti Girl, which won the 2012 William Allen White Award. She is the editor of the journal Huizache and the managing director of CentroVictoria, an organization devoted to promoting Mexican American literature. She lives in South Texas and teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria.