Latino/as in the US

En Busca De Milagros

En Busca de Milagros

Alvarez, Julia
Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her birth family in his native country.
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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

Alvarez, Julia
In the 1960s, political tension forces the García family away from Santo Domingo and towards the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls-frequently embarrassed by their parents-find ways to rebel against them.
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Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.
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Loves Me, Loves Me Not

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

Bernardo, Anilu
While trying to win the attention of a high school basketball star who already has a girlfriend, Maggie, a Cuban American, learns painful lessons about romantic young love.
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Quinceañera Means Sweet Fifteen

Quinceañera Means Sweet Fifteen

Chambers, Veronica
Eagerly anticipating her Quinceañera, the fifteenth birthday celebration that will signify her adulthood, Marisol is troubled by a lack of money, her mother's new boyfriend, changes in her best friend, and the absence of the father she never knew.
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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

Cisneros, Sandra
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
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Herrera, Juan Felipe
After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.
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The Circuit

The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child

Jimenez, Francisco
Intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family off four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endues.
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Breaking Through

Breaking Through

Jimenez, Francisco
Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.
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Any Small Goodness

Any Small Goodness: a Novel of the Barrio

Johnston, Tony
Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles-reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian, and even starting their own gang.
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Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

Martinez, Victor
Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle.
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Sisters = Hermanas

Paulsen, Gary
The lives of a fourteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, living in the United States illegally, and a wealthy American girl intersect in a dramatic way.
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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Ryan, Pam Muñoz
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.
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Pacific Crossing

Pacific Crossing

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.
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Baseball in April

Baseball in April & Other Stories

Soto, Gary
A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.
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