Galang, M. Evelina. Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery
Booklist Reviews 2013 December #1
The death of Angel's father has left her mother overcome with grief and Angel feeling doubly alone. When her mother subsequently leaves for the U.S., Angel must take care of her sister and grandmother. Soon she becomes involved with the activist group The Filipina Comfort Women and begins to learn about revolution. When her mother relocates Angel to the U.S., she is forced to unpack the anger and grief that she has hidden away. Galang weaves the tale of a girl's coming of age with a country's history as Angel's life intersects with the 1986 Philippine People Power Revolution and the efforts of the Comfort Women of WWII. The author incorporates English and Tagalog words as well as slang throughout the novel, seamlessly giving readers context clues to discover the meanings of unfamiliar terms and dropping them right into Angel's world. As Angel grows up, she becomes an activist and discovers more about her family and herself. Galang's prose has a poetic lilt and her protagonist is a strong one, making this an unusual journey well worth taking. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2013 October #2
It's the year 2000 in Manila, and 14-year-old Angel is grieving the sudden death of her papang (father). When Angel's ináy (mother) becomes a certified nurse and moves to Chicago, Angel grasps for new footing and rejects everything from god to her supposed gift of healing hands. Through her studies, Angel becomes an activist, protesting corruption in a country where the Filipino "Comfort Women" of WWII and the 1986 Philippine People Power Revolution haunt many minds. Angel is eventually summoned to Chicago, bringing a fresh set of challenges including attending an American high school. Galang's (One Tribe) writing is ethereal and immersive; she blends English, Tagalog, and slang in her sentences ("Pintig, I hear my papang calling, pintig"), forcing readers to tease out the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases (or fire up Google Translate). Readers may find it a challenge, but it's entirely doable—Galang gracefully laces her narrative with contextual clues. Angel is hyperaware of her world and steeped in social consciousness; following her as she seeks her "true nature" is a pleasure and an education. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC