Hispanic/Latino Connections in LiteratureThe following books have been chosen because they have a connection to theHispanic/Latino culture and will help all students develop their knowledge andunderstanding of it. The list includes books at a variety of reading levels andare written by a variety of authors. They are also part of the MacArthurReading Counts program.Students have the opportunity to earn extra credit throughout the year by writingone page reports about books with Hispanic/Latino connections.Reports should be:- one page in length (front side only)- written in pencil- written in English if the student is a Non-Native Speaker- written in Spanish if the student is a Native Speaker* These reports will not take the place of missing assignments or low scoresand should not be completed instead of classwork or homework.
I have alwaysimagined thatParadise will bea kind of library.- Jorge Luis BorgesArgentine writerof short stories,poetry and essaysA great bookthat comes froma great thinker
is a ship of thought,
deep freighted withtruth and beauty.- Pablo NerudaChilean poetand diplomat
1971 Nobel Prizefor LiteratureBy its very nature,the novel indicatesthat we are becoming.There is no finalsolution.There is no lastword.- Carlos FuentesMexican writerof novels and essays
by Enrique Flores-Galbis Year Published: LXL: 790 WC: 66636
After his parents send him from Cuba to a camp in 1961 Miami with his brothers, Julian learns to survive and be resourceful while never losing faith that his family will eventually be reunited.
by Marc Talbert Year Published: LXL: 910 WC: 27126
Eloy sets out alone under the hot New Mexico sun to walk the 17 miles to Chimayó. There is said to be holy dirt there--dirt with the healing power to save his grandmother's life.
by Erika Tamar Year Published: LXL: 590 WC: 33299 by Omar S. Castaneda Year Published: LXL: 820L WC: 44167In the small Guatemalan village where she lives, Isabel Pacay must go against the traditions of her people--including their expectations that she marry her boyfriend, Lucas - to realize her dream of becoming a teacher. by Michael Burgan Year Published: LXL: 1000 WC: 13725This colorfully illustrated book in the Ancient World series follows the Aztec civilization from its founding to the Spanish conquest. Chapters describe how the Aztecs lived, what they believed, and how their civilization influences us today. by Joseph Krumgold Year Published: LXL: 780 WC: 56589 by Barbara Kingsolver Year Published: LXL: 900 WC: 82101 by Pam Muñoz Ryan Year Published: LXL: 830 WC: 41287 by Julia Alvarez Year Published: LXL: 890 WC: 48043
In the midst of a fight for liberation in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita de la Torre learns about love, family, and the cost of being able to fly free.
by Francisco Jimenez Year Published: LXL: 750 WC: 43851
In this autobiographical sequel to "The Circuit," Mexican-born Francisco Jiménez tells the story of his family's struggle to survive in southern California during his junior high and high school years.
by N.A. Nelson Year Published: LXL: 710 WC: 40066
As two Takunami boys approach their thirteenth birthdays, they must confront a traditional test in the Amazon rainforest.
by Scott O'Dell Year Published: LXL: 810 WC: 29656 by Juan Felipe Herrera Year Published: WC: 17226
In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, a thirteen-year-old Puerto Rican girl named Yolanda searches for a way to save the life of her uncle who was injured in the attack.
by Ann Cameron Year Published: LXL: 730 WC: 46950
Kidnapped from a bus in Guatemala City at age four, twelve-year-old Rosa yearns to be reconciled with her parents. When her unscrupulous kidnapper learns that Rosa can lead him to a treasure, he will stop at nothing to satiate his greed.
by Jose Griego y Maestas and Rudolfo A. Anaya Year Published: LXL: 780 WC: 56589 by Juan Felipe Herrera Year Published: LXL: 740 WC: 27915In this novel told in verse, ten-year-old Juanito Palomares moves from a rural life to San Francisco and San Diego in the late 1950s. Through many changes of school and friends, he tries to balance the attraction of the street life with his Mexican family's wish for him to be a "good boy." by Allen Say Year Published: LXL: 600 WC: 1577
This book is a biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain.
by Lloyd Alexander Year Published: LXL: 800 WC: 38052 by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño Year Published: LXL: 860 WC: 22708 by Margarita Engle Year Published: LXL: 1120 WC: 12721In this hopeful memoir in the form of free verse, Margarita Engle struggles with her love of two countries that hate each other. Part of her is in Cuba with her mother's family, and the other part is in California where she grew up. by Pam Muñoz Ryan Year Published: LXL: 750 WC: 41795 by Janet Nomura Morey, Wendy Dunn Year Published: LXL: 1170 WC: 31741Profiles the lives of fourteen Hispanic Americans, including, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Ochoa, Felipe Alou, and Carolina Herrera. by Donald R. Gallo Year Published: LXL: 820 WC: 52142This collection of biographies sheds light on the experience of teenage immigrants in America. Each shares their story with unflinching honesty and gives real insight into the experience from a teenager's point of view. by Jill A. Laidlaw Year Published: LXL: 1070 WC: 7497In this volume of "Artists in their Times," photographs of Kahlo's family, her time, and her gorgeous paintings will introduce readers of all ages to the powerful work of one of the 20th century's most important painters. by Julia Alvarez Year Published: LXL: 740 WC: 25852 by Jeanette Larson, Adrienne Yorinks Year Published: LXL: 1120 WC: 6116The hummingbird is native to the Americas and has made its way into tales from different indigenous cultures. Learn how stories and myth are woven together in this fascinating folklore book. by Clive Cussler Year Published: LXL: 1000 WC: 96619 by Carolyn Meyer Year Published: LXL: 860 WC: 30536 by Joan W. Blos Year Published: LXL: 1000 WC: 49688At the time of the California Gold Rush in 1850, thirteen-year-old Eldora thought that she had been an orphan all her life. Everything changes when she receives a letter from a woman claiming to be her mother. by Valerie Tripp Year Published: LXL: 690 WC: 12936 by Marie G. Lee Year Published: LXL: 760 WC: 21633When three seventh-grade friends have the opportunity to spend their summer vacation on a goat ranch in Mexico, they have no idea of the adventure that awaits them. Join them as they try to solve the dangerous mystery, while learning many things about the Mexican cultures. by Veronica Chambers Year Published: LXL: 630 WC: 42395 by Maia Wojciechowska Year Published: LXL: 740 WC: 30321
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.
by Floyd Martinez Year Published: LXL: 740 WC: 59642Flavio leads a simple yet full life with his family in Capulín, New Mexico. When progress comes to his small town, his grandfather, El Grande, warns of its drawbacks and how it will change everyone's lives - and not always for the better. by Emma Holloway Year Published: LXL: 1010 WC: 2196
When they pass through the blue door in the mysterious painting passed down by their grandmother, Tisa and Leroy find themselves in an ancient Mayan society.
by Lynn Joseph Year Published: LXL: 840 WC: 18878In this poignant tale, twelve-year-old Ana Rosa learns that her many-colored words are not only powerful enough to entertain the whole village but are also capable of creating the destructive force that leads to the death of her beloved brother, Guario. by Rigoberta Menchú Year Published: LXL: 860 WC: 7903
Rigoberta Menchú grew up in the Indian village of Chimel in Guatemala before becoming a heroine to indigenous peoples all over for her activist work on human rights. This story is her memories of the stories her grandfather told and the peacefulness and beauty of nature that surrounded her childhood home.
by Sandra Cisneros Year Published: LXL: 870 WC: 17472 by Joan Lowery Nixon Year Published: LXL: 740 WC: 43388When Andrea spends a month with her aunt, she gradually becomes enmeshed in a plot involving a stolen Peruvian artifact and murder on a boat in the Bahamas. by Sebastian Rook Year Published: LXL: 790 WC: 42661In this third book of the "Vampire Plagues" series, friends Jack, Ben, and Emily are in a race to the jungles of Yucatán. Camazotz, an ancient Mayan vampire god, needs one more piece of an amulet so he can plunge the earth into darkness. by Laura Resau Year Published: LXL: 750 WC: 71104When fourteen-year-old Clara spends two months with her paternal grandparents in a tiny village in Mexico, she encounters many surprises while learning about the culture of her ancestors.