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Best books created by writers of Latino culture, awarded by the American Library Association.

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  Cover Art: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass 2014
Medina, Meg.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
"One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?" -- from publisher's web site.
2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 2013
Sa´enz, Benjamin Alire
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Under the Mesquite 2012
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Under the Mesquite
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.
2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Dreamer 2011
Ryan, Pam Mun~oz
The Dreamer
A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Return to Sender 2010
Alvarez, Julia.
Return to Sender
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom 2009
Engle, Margarita.
The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish -- Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba.
2008
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Poet Slave of Cuba : a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano 2008
Engle, Margarita.
The Poet Slave of Cuba : a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.
2006
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Tequila Worm 2006
Canales, Viola.
The Tequila Worm
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."
2005
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Before We Were Free 2004
Alvarez, Julia.
Before We Were Free
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.
2004
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Esperanza Rising 2004
Ryan, Pam Mun~oz
Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
2000
Children's Fiction Book
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