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A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines by Pat Mora

By Pat Mora

I'm quiet like a turtle."

So promised Juana Inés, a bit woman who enjoyed phrases, on her first day of college. whilst she used to be 3 years previous, Juana Inés her sister to college and peeked within the window, then begged the trainer to be allowed to stick so she might how you can learn. quickly she used to be making up tales, songs, and poems--she enjoyed studying and she or he enjoyed studying. and she or he couldn't wait to have her personal choice of books! finally, Juana went directly to turn into Sor Juana Inés de l. a. Cruz, a nun, and he or she dedicated her lifestyles to writing and studying and phrases. although she died in 1695, Sor Juana Inés is nonetheless one in every of the main remarkable writers in Mexico's background: her poetry is recited via schoolchildren all through Mexico and is studied at colleges and universities around the globe. right here is the tale of her existence, an immense one packed with wisdom, success, and idea, lovingly advised by way of the popular children's e-book writer Pat Mora and gorgeously illustrated via Beatriz Vidal.

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Blessing’ is another way of saying ‘accident,’” Katie told me in private. I didn’t know if I was a blessing or not. Mom said she was constantly worried when I was a baby. I didn’t sleep through the night for eight months and it hurt her when I breast-fed. Sometimes I cried for hours without stopping, no matter what Mom did. She was sure there was something wrong with me. She said good things, too, like how she could tell I had a sense of humor because I laughed whenever she said “Boom,” but mostly Mom talked about how unprepared she was as a new mother.

A tall girl skated into the bathroom and up to the mirror. She pulled an eyeliner out of her pocket and went to work. I lowered my voice. ” Katie skated out of the bathroom, and I went into a stall. Someone had written SANDRA BELL CAN GO TO HELL! on the door. I smiled and hugged my ribs. Katie was back so fast that at first I thought she’d chickened out. She hadn’t. Tommy was going to meet me at the entrance to the main floor for the next slow song. “He totally knows who you are,” Katie said.

Hey,” I said when I got up to him. Tommy took my hand and we skated onto the main floor. He wore tan rental skates that had orange numbers stamped on them. I had held hands with goober boys during slow skates before, but it had never been as thrilling—and my hands had never been as clammy—as now. Tommy wasn’t a good skater, so we were uneven. I’d pull out in front of him and then coast until I was beside him again. ” Tommy said about halfway through the song. I caught my breath and said, “I was, but I quit.

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