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  Cover Art: An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio 1996
Ortiz Cofer, Judith
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio
Twelve stories about young people caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings.
1995
Teen Fiction Book ORTIZ COF
  Cover Art: Parrot in the Oven 1998
Martinez, Victor
Parrot in the Oven
Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Chicano family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle.
1996
Teen Fiction Book MARTINEZ
  Cover Art: Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba 2000
Ada, Alma Flor
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
The author recalls her life and impressions growing up in Cuba.
1998
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 Ad02
  Cover Art: Esperanza Rising 2002
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth in Mexico to work in the labor camps of California. They must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
2000
Children's Fiction Book RYAN
  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 ALVAREZ
  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 CANALES
  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.
2006
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 M3195
  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
In 1896 Cuba had fought three wars for independence and still was not free. People had been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa was a nurse, but she dared not go to the camps. So she turned 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?
2008
Teen Nonfiction Book 811.6 En35
  Cover Art: Return to Sender 2010
Alvarez
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 ALVAREZ
  Cover Art: The Dreamer 2011
Ryan, Pam Munoz
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 RYAN
  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: 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
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