Quinceaänera (Social custom)
Oct 18, 2011 — In 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
Aug 6, 2007 — Many of the 350,000 Latina girls turning 15 this year will celebrate with a bash called the "quinceanera." It's a rite of passage, and a growing industry in the U.S. Julia Alvarez, author of Once Upon a Quinceanera, shares aspects of the ceremonies with Renee Montagne.