91 pages 3 hours read

Yamile Saied Méndez


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2020

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  • Genre: Fiction; YA realistic fiction
  • Originally Published: 2000
  • Reading Level/Interest: Grades 8-12
  • Structure/Length: 30 chapters plus Epilogue; approx. 368 pages; approx. 8 hours, 52 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Camilla Hassan—“la Furia” on the soccer field—lives in Rosario, Argentina, and dreams of playing soccer professionally in the United States. When Diego returns to town, she feels torn between her soccer dreams and her feelings for him, but confiding in her mother, a violent outburst from her father, and an ultimatum from Diego leads to her choice.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Abuse, gender-based discrimination and violence, murder

Yamile Saied Méndez, Author

  • Bio: Born in Rosario, Argentina; lives in Utah; first language was Spanish and taught herself English; earned BA from Brigham Young University and MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts; received the Walter Dean Myers grant to write Furia; founding member of Las Musas, a collective of women and nonbinary Latine authors; ¿De Dónde Eres? named New York Public Library Best Books of 2019
  • Other Works: ¿De Dónde Eres? (2019); What Will You Be (2021); Shaking Up the House (2021); Twice a Quinceañera (2022)
  • Awards: Pure Belpré Award (2021); Américas Award (honor, 2022); Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (finalist, 2022)

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