Nancy Osa’s Cuba 15 centers on a 15 year old Cuban American girl named Violet. Violet doesn’t know much about her Cuban roots until her grandmother (Abuela) decides that she needs to have a Quincenera. Throughout the book Violet learns more about the tradition of the Quince, her roots, her family, and her friends. Violet also deals with having a crush, and becoming a member of the speech team at her school. The book is humorous and informative. This would be a book that I would recommend to girls to read for fun. I don’t see much of an appeal for teen males. I also do not see it being used in a classroom setting as a whole class assignment.
2006 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel