Sofia lives in her barrio surrounded by friends and family. Growing up, she hears fun stories from the traveling storyteller, Dona Clara, and even her own mother and father add in their yarns and tales in everyday life. Growing up in the 1970s in Texas there are a few things you can count on. The heat and someone always being critical of those of Mexican ancestry. But Sofia has her close knit family and her best friend and cousin, Berta. Although some days Berta seems more like a frenemy, especially when it comes to sharing sweets! Still, her mother tells her she will always need her comadres (a group of close women friends.) Sofia wonders at that sometimes, though.
As Sofia grows, she learns more about her family and what it means to grow up in Texas as a child in a barrio. She faces many trials and one in particular threatens to pull her family and her close circle of friends apart. Is it possible to still be herself and connected to her way of life, even if she is no longer in the barrio every day?
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales is a slow paced, quiet book about a girl struggling to keep her sense of family and the traditions that are important to those around her while she decides if they are important to her as well.