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Grades 9 and up

Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood

by Cofer, Judith Ortiz

Silent Dancing is about a young girl as she struggles through life, constantly being moved from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, and back again.

Bless Me, Ultima

by Anaya, Rudolfo

Stories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose.

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

by Jiménez, Francisco

This is a collection of short stories based on the life of the author, Francisco Jiménez, while he was growing up as the son of a migrant farm worker in California.

Cien Años de Soledad

by Márquez, Gabriel García

1967. En Buenos Aires aparece la novela de un escritor colombiano de cuarenta años. No queda hoy lengua literaria a la que no haya sido traducida.

Como agua para chocolate

by Esquivel, Laura

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Next Year in Cuba: A Cubano's Coming-of-Age in America

by Firmat, Gustavo Pérez

This is a personal account of a young Cuban's departure from his native country and his assimilation of American culture and values, including marriage to an American, raising an American family, teaching at an American university....

Pacific Crossing

by Soto, Gary

Fourteen-year-old Mexican American Lincoln Mendoza spends a summer with a host family in Japan, encountering new experiences and making new friends.

El Loro en el Horno: Mi Vida

by Bermejo, Analia and Martinez, Victor

Manny Hernandez es un joven de 14 años que debe enfrentarse a ese momento cruciál en su vida.

Esperanza Rising

by Ryan, Pam Muñoz

When a young girl and her privileged family in Mexico is forced to move to the United States, they learn to depend on and love each other more.

The Forty-Third War

by Moeri, Louise

Twelve-year-old Uno is conscripted into the army of a revolutionary force in a Central American country that is fighting for its freedom.

Journey of the Sparrows

by Buss, Fran Leeper

Maria and her brother and sister, Salvadoran refugees, are smuggled into the United States in crates and try to eke out a living in Chicago with the help of a sympathetic family.

La casa en Mango Street

by Poniatowska, Elena and Cisneros, Sandra

La casa en Mango Street es la historia de una chica que mueve a una casa nueva en Mango Street pero no quiere vivir en el barrio.

Rain of Gold

by Villaseñor, Victor Edmundo

The book follows two people and their families' different journeys through the hard times of the Mexican Revolution and into U.S. and the different lives waiting for them. They meet new challenges and learn to adjust there.

The Aguero Sisters

by García, Cristina

When Cristina García's first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was published in 1992, The New York Times called the author "a magical new writer...completely original.

Taking Sides

by Soto, Gary

Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.

.Y no se lo tragó la tierra

by Rivera, Tomás

Stories in Spanish and English. Cuentos en Español y Inglés.

America Is Her Name

by Rodriguez, Luis J.

America is a primary school student who is unhappy in school until a poet visits the class and inspires the students to express themselves creatively -- in Spanish or English.

When I Was Puerto Rican

by Santiago, Esmeralda

Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty.

Grades 5-8

Alicia Alonso: First Lady of the Ballet

by Arnold, Sandra Martin

A biography of the Cuban ballerina who founded her own ballet school and company, performed with the Ballet Russe, and continued to dance even after she lost her sight.

Béisbol en abril y otras historias

by Soto, Gary

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Call Me Consuelo

by Lachtman, Ofelia Dumas

After suddenly being orphaned, twelve-year-old Consuelo reluctantly moves in with her American grandmother while hoping to return soon to her Mexican American family.


by Mohr, Nicholasa

The everyday experiences of an eight-year-old Puerto Rican girl growing up in a close-knit, urban community.

Going Home

by Mohr, Nicholasa

Feeling like an outsider when she visits her relatives in Puerto Rico for the first time, eleven-year-old Felita finds herself having to come to terms with the heritage she always took for granted.

Hermanas / Sisters

by Paulsen, Gary

Local News

by Soto, Gary

A collection of thirteen short stories about the everyday lives of Mexican American young people in California's Central Valley.

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