Sisters/Hermanas by Gary PaulsenSisters/Hermanas by Gary Paulsen


byGary PaulsenTranslated byGloria de Aragon Andujar

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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Told in both English and Spanish, Sisters/Hermanas tells of Rosa, a fourteen-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico City, and Traci, a fourteen-year-old from the suburbs of Houston. "Paulsen has done a masterful job of creating two well-developed, believable characters trapped in environments where the elements of beauty, youth, and popularity have the highest value, and are deemed essential to survival. This is an absorbing tale that rings all too true with real-life pressures and stressful situations that present no easy choices." - VOYA
GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.
Title:Sisters/HermanasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.87 × 4.19 × 0.37 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152753249

ISBN - 13:9780152753245

Appropriate for ages: 12


From Our Editors

Told in both English and Spanish by a Newbery Honor winner, Sisters/Hermanas reveals the similarities of young women trapped in lives in which beauty and youth are priceless commodities--whether on the street or in a high school classroom

Editorial Reviews

Grade 8-12-Rosa is 14. She lives in Houston, Texas. She has dreams and aspirations. She is an illegal alien, and a prostitute. Traci is also 14. She, as well, lives in Houston, the privileged child of wealthy parents. With her huge wardrobe, social graces, and continual coaching from her mother, she is headed for success. Indeed, she has no option. She, too, is subjected to a form of prostitution that denies her any real determination of her own. The narrative engineers a brief meeting between the two girls as Rosa flees the police in a mall. In the space of a few seconds, Traci realizes her kinship with this unknown Hispanic girl, a kinship that is quickly denied and buried by her mother as Rosa is dragged away by security guards. Alternating chapters tell the story of each adolescent in an authoritative third-person voice. Certainly a good discussion starter, the book is nonetheless didactic. The English prose is spare, and the message apparent from the opening of the second chapter, in which Traci is introduced. The parallels drawn between the two girls are too emphatic for the slight story to carry without stress. The Spanish version is a direct, workmanlike translation of the English. It tells the same story, but with little grace. Given the sociological nature of the text, this might be a better choice for high school social-studies classes than for literature study or pleasure reading.Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA