Spies at a Santa Ana Middle School
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Rosie Fernandez escapes the bullies at her Santa Ana middle school by finding a hiding spot at lunchtime—under the teachers’ lounge window. Although Rosie has plenty of challenges and drama at school and at the home she shares with her abuelita and nearly destitute parents, she soon learns her teachers face a crazy mix of predicaments in their own lives. The conversations she overhears in the lounge are surprising and sometimes shocking: teachers’ suspicions that the assistant principal is drinking on the job; woes in their romantic lives; and much more. When Rosie shares her teachers’ secrets with her new friend Dominique Nguyen, Dominique’s inability to keep a secret creates a complex blend of chaos and comedy.
Spy in the Teachers’ Lounge is the first novel by Santa Ana teacher and former journalist Béa Tomaselli Tiritilli. It was illustrated by Rialto artist Jessica O’Handley and recently released by ABM Publications of Orange. Continue reading