RUDY’S MEMORY WALK by Gloria L. Velásquez

RUDY’S MEMORY WALK

From the "Roosevelt High School" series
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This eighth novel in Velásquez’s Roosevelt High School Series tells the stories of two Hispanic grandmothers who are experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the grief and mixed feelings that their progressive dementia causes to their families. Both abuelas are named María, and their individual journeys are narrated from the perspectives of two close family members. One of them is Rudy, a senior, who sees how his home is falling apart when his confused grandmother comes to live with them at a very small house. Rudy’s voice is compassionate and gives readers a glimpse into the life and traditions of a working-class family. The other voice is Sonia Gonzalez, a teacher at Rudy’s school, who is reluctant to accept her mother’s mental illness and refuses to put her in a nursing home. Gonzalez’s internal battle depicts an inspirational and positive portrayal of the families affected by Alzheimer’s. Educational and at the same time compelling, the novel raises teenagers’ awareness on a topic considered taboo among Latinos. (glossary) (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55885-593-9
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2009




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