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Review of Barely Floating

Barely Floating by Lilliam RiveraIntermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    240 pp.8/23    9780593323120    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593323144    $10.99Twelve-year-old first-person narrator Nat (short for Natalia de la Cruz Rivera y ­Santiago) is all about body positivity­ and female strength. She feels conflicted, however­, when her mother’s values around feminism clash with her own love...

Lighting the Candle: Dance with Me

Lilliam Rivera (left) with Titi Luz. (Photo courtesy of Lilliam Rivera.) She wore a long, colorful falda and matching blouse, or blusa, with ribboned ruffles, perfectly made for twirling. On a small stage stood my aunt Luz E. Ortiz Vázquez, ready to dance with her partner, who took her by...

Review of Never Look Back

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera High School    Bloomsbury    320 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5476-0373-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0374-9    $13.29 Pheus is an Afro-Dominican, bachata-singing teen whose Bronx world is upended when he meets Eury, a Puerto Rican girl visiting New York after she is forced from her home in the aftermath...

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