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THE GHOST IN ALLIE'S POOL

I love family history! Listening to my grandmother's tales lead me to search for my own Mexican roots. Through this research came the idea of a young Latina heroine finding her own heritage and planted the seed for the novel EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA.



In the book THE GHOST IN ALLIE'S POOL, the main character Allie's mother is fascinated about their ancestry that could be traced back to the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. But that doesn't interest Allie. She's more concerned about the change in her former best friend Marissa, who's decided to dump her in favor of the two popular girls at school. Allie dreads the thought of being friendless. But during an English assignment, Allie writes journal entries from the viewpoint of another Mayflower person, Dorothy May, someone who fell from the Mayflower ship to her death. Imagine Allie's surprise when the ghost of Dorothy appears to her. While Marissa and her new friends make Allie's life hard, Dorothy helps Allie on how to gain the courage to be true to herself.

I really liked the premise of this novel. I always wondered what it would be like to have my own bisabela-great-grandmother-appear to me, especially when I was searching for the truth of my own heritage. This book will appeal to younger readers with the history of the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. Also teens will relate with the cyber bullying in the book and how hard it is finding friends and making new ones. But the biggest plus of this book is that Allie finds the courage to be honest with herself.

THE GHOST IN ALLIE'S POOL is a Cybil nominated book.