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Rebecca Balcárcel

Rebecca Balcárcel loves popcorn, her kitty, and teaching her students at Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. She’s the author of Shine On, Luz Véliz! and The Other Half of Happy, which was named a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and the Best Texas-authored Middle Grade Book by Texas Institute of Letters. Her next book is Bridges and Islands: 20 Stories by Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Authors for which she is both co-editor and contributor. Find Rebecca on YouTube where she analyzes literature and chats about writing as the SixMinuteScholar. Her latest book is Shine On, Luz Véliz!

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  • Shine On, Luz Véliz by Rebecca Balcárcel

    Shine On, Luz Véliz

    Have you ever been the best at something . . . only to lose it all? Luz Véliz is a soccer star-or rather, she was a soccer star. With her serious knee injury, it's unlikely she'll be back on the field anytime soon. But without soccer, who is she? Even her dad treats her differently now—like he doesn't know her or, worse, like he doesn't even like her. When Luz discovers she has a knack for coding, it feels like a lifeline to a better self. If she can just ace the May Showcase, she'll not only skip a level in her coding courses and impress Ms. Freeman and intriguing, brilliant Trevor—she'll have her parents cheering her on from the sidelines, just the way she likes it.


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