"Packed with action and surprising twists and turns up to the very last page, this start to the new Border Town series is a gripping mystery and also a warm, contemporary Latino drama of extended family and friends....With lots of laughs, especially about small town lack of privacy and about extended family, the drama is both suspenseful and touching. A “Tex-Mex” glossary with Spanish words is included. " -- Booklist May 15, 2012
Book #1: Crossing the Line (Scholastic, available May 2012)
Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios is full of borders — where you should go, who your friends should be, which boy you should date.
Dos Rios is also full of opportunities, but it’s a town divided, between the haves and the have-nots, the Whites and the Mexicans-Americans, the Texans and the Mexicans, the legal and illegal. But through it all, the Garza sisters have each other. Water can be crossed, but blood is the ultimate borderline — no matter what.
Book #2: Quince Clash (Scholastic, available July 2012)
If Fabiola Garza had her way, her quinceanera would simple ---- two airline tickets to New York City and her best friend in tow. Sadly, things hardly ever go Fabi's way.
After mean girl Melodee lays down a quinceanera challenge in front of the entire school, Fabi is forced to upgrade her party plans. Melodee is rich and popular, her quinceanera will be effortlessly epic. Fabi is at a loss as to how to make her party remotely as fun and fabulous as Melodee's is sure to be. Younger sister Alexis steps in with a scheme to get Fabi on the TV show Quince Dreams, but Fabi isn't convinced she won't end up in a quince nightmare instead.
Book #3: Falling Too Fast (Scholastic, available Nov 2012)
Book #4: No Second Chances (Scholastic, 2013)
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