Viola Canales has written a book that moves in a widening circle through Sofia's life. Every chapter in the book reflects a chapter in Sofia's life as she learns to understand both cultures she lives in. She learns to kick with her head instead of her feet when she comes up against prejudice. She excels in school and is offered a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in Austin, where she finishes high school and goes on to graduate from a big university. It is while she is at school after her father dies that she truly learns the secret of the tequila worm. It is connected to rituals and traditions that support dreams while keeping connections to something higher. The Tequila Worm is filled with humor, and Sofia's life is never sentimentalized. It is a really good read.
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