Judith Robbins Rose
      Award-winning Young Adult Author
represented by Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
HomeAbout JudyOn the Road in New MexicoSchool Visit Schedule/Contact Me

Her world is threatened when the gifted but lonely 12-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants is paired in a mentoring program with a pushy, fading TV news celebrity.

Award-winning novel 
for middle grade readers

Jacket illustrations copyright, 2015 by Sara Palacios
“Rose’s strong debut explores the challenging lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens....A moving portrayal of a girl’s effort to embrace both her Mexican roots and the possibilities of American life, as well as 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

“...it puts a genuine and heart-wrenching face to the families behind deportation....a life in America that isn’t often portrayed in a children’s chapter book and 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....filled with resilient characters dealing with complex lives. For young readers who share Jacinta’s situation, it acknowledges their strength and the gift of being part of two cultures….It is an excellent choice for classroom use at the middle grades.”     
    — www.SpanishPlayground.net

“Rose presents characters in crisis, whose stories are personal, rather than broadly representative....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.” 
    — Chicago Tribune
  • Selected for the American Booksellers Association’s Fall 2015 New Voices program
  • Winner, 2015 INK Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel
  • 2015 INK Writer of Year