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Becoming Beatriz

Fifteen-year-old Beatriz aspired to be a professional dancer, but when her brother was killed by a rival gang, she stopped dancing—until new-kid Nasser invites her to compete with him in a dance tournament and tempts her away from gang life, back to music and her passion.

Related Teaching Resources

Becoming Beatriz Reader’s Group Guide from Charlesbridge

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