Tween Book Club

Monday, November 30 - 4 - 5 PM

The Other Half of Happy by

12-year-old Quijana likes to say that she used to be Pangaea. Unsplit. Not half white or half Latina. But that was before her Guatemalan cousins moved to town and before her dad asked her to speak some Spanish. Now her continents are splitting apart. Let’s face it, when you’re named after Spain’s most famous loser, Don Quixote, you might make a secret escape plan. Join Quijana as she earns to make a tortilla, comes of age in the Guatemalan-American hyphen, and discovers her missing half.

Chronicle brings us poet Rebecca Balcárcel's middle grade novel about a biracial girl who's navigating between the Anglo and Guatemalan sides of her family, a burgeoning crush and a cool new friend, and trying to figure out what's going on with her little brother, who is becoming remote and hard to reach, all while trying to determine just who she is.

To join us, or for more information, email Catherine at

Library copies of the book will be available for checkout or curbside pickup at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library.

***Please Note: this book qualifies for our Read Woke From Home reading challenge!!***
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library - Zoom
book cover for Other Half of Happy, quote and photo of author Rebecca Barcarcel