Project Description


Truth and Salsa

by Linda Lowery

A spirited young girl must travel far from home to finally find herself.

Mexico is a long way from Kalamazoo―and not just in terms of miles. Almost-thirteen-year-old Hayley Flynn is spending six months with her eccentric grandmother in the rural mountain town of San Miguel while her recently separated parents work things out. For Haley, Life in Mexico is surprisingly exciting―exotic birds, beautiful butterflies, holidays, colorful fiestas, and new friends like Lili.

But there are also difficult lessons to be learned. Poverty and unemployment send Lili’s father and other men from the village to work in Michigan, sending money back home to their anxious families. Meanwhile, Hayley is on the lookout for la fantasma (the ghost) that is said to haunt her grandma’s house.

Linda Lowery creates an affectionate portrait of a small town in Mexico and its people in this warm, humorous story of self-discovery. With a captivating plot and relatable protagonist, readers will be engaged on every page.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-366-5
Publication Date: 4/30/2006
Page Count: 176
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-498-3
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Page Count: 176
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-998-8
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.1
F&P: W, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 680L
Themes: Change, Family, Immigration, Mexico, Travel
BISAC 1: JUV030100 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Mexico
BISAC 2: JUV017090 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious


“The writing is engaging, and Lowery has created a strong sense of place through vivid descriptions of local festivals, scenery, and day-to-day life in the town.” ―School Library Journal

“Absolutely delightful. Linda Lowery does an excellent job pulling you into the beautiful setting of Mexic, fives you a peak into the country’s rich culture and even manages to sprinkle in a bit of history. The protagonist’s voice is unique, smart and lovable, and will make you all wish you knew a little girl just like her.” ―New York Amsterdam News


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2007

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts K-6 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2006

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School/Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

Kentucky Bluegrass Awards (Master List, Grades 6-8) ―Kentucky Reading Association, Kentucky School Media Association, 2008

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Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (Master List) ―Salem State College, 2010-2011

For Teens, by Teens: Teens Recommended Reading List ―Just Read, Florida!, 2011

Georgia Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia, 2008

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Meet the Author

Linda Lowery is the author of many novels and biographies for children. She lives in North Carolina. You can visit her website here.