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Taruka is the new girl at the high school in town, about to begin a year of high school that she is unlikely to forget. She makes friends and meets a boy, Cooper. Like Cooper and many of the students at the school, she is involved in sports, so she gets along with her new classmates well. But issues arise with her newfound friendship with Cooper when their differences are highlighted by the adults in their lives.
How will the teenagers handle the pressures? Is there a common ground to be found? The story has a plot similar to the classic one of Romeo and Juliet or Tony and Maria, but set in modern-day suburbia.
As a story intended as a reader for students learning Spanish, the plot is engaging enough to be compelling, and simple enough so that students can dive into learning or reviewing verbs in the past tense.
Unique Words: 247
Total Words: 4,947
Tense(s): presente, pretérito, imperfecto
©2022. Spanish. Level 2. Middle school, high school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 59 pages plus glossary.
About the Author
Jennifer Degenhardt taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She decided to combine her language skills with storytelling, specifically involving kids and culture. Her books highlight cultural, social, economic, and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both inside and outside the classroom. She hopes her stories will provide a platform for discussion, as anything can be solved—to some degree—with a conversation.