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Love, Amalia

Love, Amalia

For Ages: 8 - 12
  • reading group guide
A young girl’s discovery of her cultural heritage helps her lovingly cope with loss in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta.

Amalia’s best friend Martha is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia’s abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.
     But when another loss racks Amalia’s life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?
     From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl’s transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 144 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442424029 | 
  • July 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $18.99

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1. Melcocha casera

—¿Qué te pasa, Amalia? ¿Qué es lo que te preocupa?

La abuela quitó del fuego la olla en la que había hervido la miel, para que se enfriara un poco. Luego se secó la frente con un pañuelo de papel y miró a su nieta. Por la pequeña ventana sobre el fregadero entraba la luz del atardecer. Los geranios, en varias macetas, añadían una nota de tenue color rosado.

—Estás muy callada, hijita. Dime lo que te preocupa—insistió su abuela—. Se ve que te pasa algo.

—No me pasa nada, abuelita, de verdad,... see more

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A Reading Group Guide for

Love, Amalia (Con cariño, Amalia)
By Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

About the Book

Amalia’s best friend, Martha, is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia’s abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.

But when another loss racks Amalia’s life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?

From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl’s transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.

Discussion Questions

1. As the novel opens, Amalia’s abuelita tells her, “You are too quiet, hijita. Tell me what’s bothering you." Consider her grandmother’s ability to detect Amalia’s unhappiness: What can be inferred about their relationship through this interaction?

2. Consider Amalia’s tradition of going to her grandmother’s house each Friday after school. Why does the inclusion of Martha in this r see more

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