Becoming Beatriz

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Author(s): Tami Charles
Genre: Ya Fiction
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.42 hours)
Product Number: Z15908
Released: Oct 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980054337
Narrator/s: Tami Charles
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Beatriz dreams of a life spent dancing--until tragedy on the day of her quinceanera changes everything. Up until her fifteenth birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez was her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far from the gang life that defined their days--that and meeting her dance idol Debbie Allen on the set of her favorite TV show, Fame. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. How is she supposed to feel the rhythm when her gang needs running, when her mami can't brush her own teeth, and when the last thing she can remember of her old self is dancing with her brother, followed by running and gunshots? When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go? Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz's story is a timeless one of a teenager's navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family's difficult past. A companion novel to the much-lauded Like Vanessa.

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Becoming Beatriz
Product Number: BX00125751
Product Number:C05919
Product Number:Z15908

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CD
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Author(s): Tami Charles
Narrator(s): Tami Charles
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number C05919
Released: Nov 07, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980054078
eBook
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Author(s): Tami Charles
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number EB00746563
Released: Sep 17, 2019
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Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
ISBN: #9781632896117
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Tami Charles
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number 4T1534
Released: Nov 20, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980071501

Professional reviews

"Author and narrator Tami Charles tells the story of Beatriz Mendez, whose dreams of becoming a professional dancer are shattered the night her brother is murdered. But when the opportunity to dance on her favorite TV show arrives, Beatriz is torn between caring for her grieving mother and her brother's gang and taking a chance on her future. Charles crafts an approachable character with an authentic performance, fluidly delivering Spanish words and phrases throughout the story. While some characters are given slight accents, little distinguishes which speaker is talking. Nonetheless, during moments when Beatriz loses herself in dance, Charles's narration gains energy and rhythm, poetically commanding the listener's attention. A.K.R. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"