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In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaqu n and Dulce a attempt to maintain a secret romance in this young adult reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.
Eighteen-year-old Joaqu n del Toro's future looks bright. With his older brother in the priesthood, he's set to inherit his family's Texas ranch. He's in love with Dulce a--and she's in love with him. But it's 1915, and trouble has been brewing along the US-Mexico border. On one side, the Mexican Revolution is taking hold; on the other, Texas Rangers fight Tejano insurgents, and ordinary citizens are caught in the middle.
As tensions grow, Joaqu n is torn away from Dulce a, whose father's critical reporting on the Rangers in the local newspaper has driven a wedge between their families. Joaqu n's own father insists that the Rangers are their friends, and refuses to take sides in the conflict. But when their family ranch becomes a target, Joaqu n must decide how he will stand up for what's right.
Shame the Stars is a rich reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in Texas during the explosive years of Mexico's revolution. Filled with period detail, captivating romance, and political intrigue, it brings Shakespeare's classic to life in an entirely new way.