Friday Fiction – A Present from Rosita

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Present from Rosita coverA Present from Rosita

Submitter: Weeded from my vocational-technical high school library.  Brown pages, last circulation in May 1992, dated cover art and text.  These characteristics for a weeded item are not unusual for my library, but this was foregrounded for me because of the cover blurb that reads, “A gay, courageous girl girl from Puerto Rico braves a new, exciting live in New York City.”  This text is coupled with a picture of two girls walking arm-in-arm.  The contemporary meaning my students would see vs. the original meaning is beautifully ironic!  I wonder if the original cover designer, Elton C. Fox (assuming he did the cover as well) was ahead of his time and intentionally playing with the publisher!

Holly: Kids picking this up today may be disappointed in the story, actually. LGBT literature is popular, and the We Need Diverse Books campaign has made it both accessible and mainstream. I’m sure this is a fine story, but put into the context of today’s young adult literature, it doesn’t really work!



  1. Wow, reading the description I thought this was FROM 1992 rather than last circulated in 1992. Given the cover, my mind was agog.
    I’m not placing any bets this is a fine story rather than a “kids, see how Hispanics are people too” patronizer. But it would be nice if I was wrong and it’s awesome.

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