Shine On, Luz Véliz! by Rebecca Balcárcel

Shine On, Luz Véliz!

Rebecca Balcárcel

332 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction middle grade emotional reflective fast-paced


A beautiful coming-of-age story for fans of Front Desk and Merci Suárez Changes Gears, this book celebrates identity, language, heritage, family, and the determination to follow one's own inner light. Have you ever been the best at something . . ....

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Community Reviews Summary of 20 reviews


emotional 75%
inspiring 62%
reflective 62%
hopeful 50%
informative 25%
lighthearted 25%
sad 25%


medium 66%
fast 22%
slow 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 55% | Character: 44%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 12%

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