All of this evidence leads to informed conclusions about the persona, trade, and surroundings of the chili queens on San Antonio’s Military Plaza. Martinello subsequently brings life to her subject through an entertaining yet historically credible bit of creative reconstruction. She crafts the fictional character of Lupe Peréz, a spunky teenage queen who endeavors to bolster business at her family’s stand through hard work, a knack for entertaining customers, and the allure of a remarkable fringed rebozo.
Following in the footsteps of Martinello’s previous books, The Search for Emma's Story and The Search for Pedro's Story, this search for a chili queen serves as an invaluable model of historical investigation for teachers and students, as well as an engaging read for anyone whose interest is piqued by Lupe's captivating historical counterparts.
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