Judith Robbins Rose

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Her world is threatened when the gifted, but lonely 12-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants manipulates a pushy, fading TV news celebrity into becoming her mentor.

Award-winning novel 
for middle grade readers

Jacket illustration copyright, 2015 by Sara Palacios
“Rose’s strong debut explores the challenging lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants....an affecting look at an important contemporary issue.” 
    — Publisher’s Weekly

“I found myself laughing at some moments and at other moments longing to reach through the pages and hold Jacinta tight....I highly recommend it as a classroom read or read-aloud at home.” 
    — Galley Talk, Jennifer Wills Geraedts

“...thank goodness we now have LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO to put on our shelves.” 
    — American Booksellers Association, Jesica Sweedler DeHart

“…a well-crafted, timely middle-grade novel….It is an excellent choice for classroom use at the middle grades.”     
    — www.SpanishPlayground.net

“An interesting first novel that treats its complex characters with unusual dignity.”
     — Katya Schapiro, School Library Journal

“This smart debut is a poignant exploration of cultural variations and family ties through the eyes of a lovable and funny narrator.” 
     — Jeanne Fredriksen, Booklist

“Told in Jacinta's witty, whip-smart voice, LOOK BOTH WAYS is a delight from start to finish.” 
    — Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune
  • 2016 International Latino Book Award/Second Place/Honorable Mention
  • 2016 ALA Notable Children's Sound Recording Discussion List
  • 2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist
  • 2016 Colorado Authors' League Award Finalist
  • 2016 Best Books, Bank Street Center for Children's Literature
  • 2016 Reading the West Shortlist
  • 2016 NYC Dept. of Ed. Nat'l Hispanic/Latino Month Selection
  • 2015 Notable Books List/New York Public Library
  • 2015 New Voices Selection/American Booksellers Association
  • 2015 INK Best Children's Novel
  • 2015 INK Writer of the Year
  • 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers
  • 2015 Best Children's Books/Iowa National Public Radio

2016 International Latino Book Awards 2nd Place-First Book