Becoming Beatriz

Becoming Beatriz

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Coming September 17, 2019. Preorder now!

By: Tami Charles

Remember my name.

Readers of Tami Charles’s debut novel, Like Vanessa, will remember neighborhood bad girl, Beatriz, who betrayed Vanessa. Now find out Beatriz’s story in this stand-alone companion novel.

It’s Beatriz’s birthday—her quinceañera—and she is ready to be treated like royalty. But when her brother, the leader of the Diablos, is gunned down by a rival gang, Beatriz will never be the same again. Her dreams of dancing, her hopes for fame, and her love of music died with Junito.

But when handsome brainiac, Nasser, asks her to join a dance competition with him—one that could land them both a role on Beatriz’s favorite TV show, Fame, starring her idol Debbie Allen—Beatriz starts to feel the music again. Nasser makes her feel alive. But between her Mami's overwhelming grief and her duties to Junito’s gang, can Beatriz pursue her dreams and leave the streets of Newark behind?

Set in 1984, the music, the dancing, and the rhythm of life as a Puerto Rican teenager in Newark accompany the harsh realities of gang life and broken homes. Dreams and wishes are all a talented young girl has to fight with.

Listen to Tami discuss writing, Miss America, and Like Vanessa on Publishers Weekly's KidsCast.

Listen to Tami talk about Like Vanessa on Charlesbridge Unplugged. 

Author Bio:

Tami Charles, author

Tami Charles is a former elementary school teacher who now writes full-time. She lives in Central New Jersey.

Read more about Tami here.

Listen to our podcast interview with Tami here.

Awards & Honors:

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Editorial Reviews:

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-778-5

ISBN: 978-1-63289-611-7 EPUB

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Ages: 12 and up
Page count: 272
5 1/2 x 8 1/4

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