The Tequila Worm

The Tequila Worm

By Viola Canales

Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385746748, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2005


Sofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio in McAllen, Texas, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, preparing for quinceañera, rejoicing in the Christmas nacimiento, and curing homesickness by eating the tequila worm. When Sofia is singled out to receive a scholarship to boarding school, she longs to explore life beyond the barrio, even though it means leaving her family to navigate a strange world of rich, privileged kids. It’s a different mundo, but one where Sofia’s traditions take on new meaning and illuminate her path.

About the Author

Viola Canales, a lawyer and a former captain in the U.S. Army, is the author of Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales. She lives in Stanford, California.