They Call Her Fregona

ISBN-10: 0593462580
ISBN-13: 9780593462584
Author: Bowles, David
Interest Level: 6-9
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: August 2023

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 256

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Interest Level

Grades 6-9

Reading Level

Lexile: NP

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

A companion to the Pura Belpre Honor book They Call Me Guero "You can be my boyfriend." It only takes five words to change Guero's life at the end of seventh grade. The summer becomes extra busy as he learns to balance new band practice with his old crew, Los Bobbys, and being Joanna Padilla's boyfriend. They call her "fregona" because she's tough, always sticking up for her family and keeping the school bully in check. But Guero sees her softness. Together they cook dollar-store spaghetti and hold hands in the orange grove, learning more about themselves and each other than they could have imagined. But when they start eighth grade, Joanna faces a tragedy that requires Guero to reconsider what it means to show up for someone you love. Honoring multiple poetic traditions, They Call Her Fregona is a bittersweet first-love story in verse and the highly anticipated follow-up to They Call Me Guero .
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