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Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize for the adult version of this at times heartrending, at times shocking story of a young Honduran boy who, in his teens, left Tegucigalpa to attempt the trek to the United States in search of his mother. Leaving Honduras on the life-threatening journey north when her son Enrique was [...]

My Name Is Cool: 18 Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller

My Name Is Cool: 18 Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller

Sacre is a professional storyteller who is part Irish, part Cuban. He has built a storytelling career out of a mixture of personal anecdotes—including his much-exaggerated account of his father’s escape from Castro’s Cuba—and traditional material adapted to his own voice and strengths, including the story of La Llorona, the tale of Country Mouse and [...]

Tommy Stands Tall

Tommy Stands Tall

  In this addition to the Roosevelt High School series, Tommy and several of his friends decide to form a new club, the Gay Straight Alliance. Tommy had come to terms with his homosexuality earlier in the series, but still struggles with the distance his sexual orientation has created between himself and his father. He [...]

The Book of Broken Hearts

The Book of Broken Hearts

Jude Hernandez has a problem. Well, a couple problems. Make that several. First, her father is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and the only thing that Jude can think of to bring him back is to get Valentina, his beloved Harley, running again. This brings up problem two: neither Jude nor her dad can [...]

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

In this slender anthology, stories, poems and autobiographical essays (including one in comic book form) tangle with what it’s like to be a hyphenated American. Most of the authors approach the subject with a strong dose of humor, following the editor’s dictum that “Good humor builds affection for the ‘other’.” Read Related: Sammy & Juliana [...]

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood

In this gritty immersion into barrio life in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the late 1960s, Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s narrator, Sammy, doesn’t flinch as he studies and judges the world around him. Teachers and policemen—mostly white—see Sammy and other Hispanic youths as members of a permanent underclass with no future, or real values. Even Sammy, [...]

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia By Jenny Torres Sanchez Running Press • 2013 • 271 pages Hardcover ($9.95) ISBN: 978-0-7624-4680-3 Ages 14 and up Except for her obsession with Emily Dickinson (no, not the poet, another one, who’s buried in a nearby cemetery in Orlando, Florida) and her concern about whether [...]

Fat Angie

Fat Angie

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo Candlewick Press ● 2013 ● 264 pp Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-7636-6119-9 Ages 14 and up With Fat Angie, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has accomplished what many would say is impossible in a single novel: to present a strong female protagonist who feels vulnerable in every aspect of her life, to create a [...]

The Witches of Ruidoso

The Witches of Ruidoso

The Witches of Ruidoso By John Sandoval Piñata Books • 2013 • 120 pages Trade Paperback ($12.95) ISBN: 978-1-55885-766-7 14 and up Elegiac, elegant and understated, Sandoval’s short novel about a boy’s first love, set in the 1890s in Ruidoso, New Mexico, is a beauty to behold. Elijah looks back from an advanced age to [...]

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches By Shana Mlawski Tu Books/Lee & Low • 2013 • 391 pages Hardcover ($18.95) ISBN: 978-1-60060-987-9 Ages 12 and up The title of Mlawski’s debut novel is the English translation of the Latin Malleus Maleficarum: the name of a treatise on the prosecution of witches, written during the early Renaissance. In Mlawski’s [...]