Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Latino Life

Lisa Linsday of the Fresno County Library in California recently compiled a list of teen books featuring main characters who are Mexican American, Cuban American, Puerto Rican etc. for the YALSA-BK listserv that she's titled "Latino Life." I post it here with permission. Anyone want to add a title or two?

Alegría, Malín
ESTRELLA'S QUINCEANERA
Estrella doesn’t want a gaudy quinceañera but her mom still gets carried away.

Alegría, Malín
SOFI MENDOZA’S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST IN MEXICO
Sofi goes to a weekend party in Tijuana and now the border patrol won’t let her return to San Diego.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz
CALL ME MARIA
Fifteen-year-old Maria leaves Puerto Rico to live with her father in the barrio of New York City.

Ferrer, Caridad
ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE
Ali might become the next “Latin superstar.”

Hart, Elva Treviño
BAREFOOT HEART: STORIES OF A MIGRANT CHILD (Biography)
Chronicles the life of a child growing up in a family of Mexican-American migrant farm workers.

Herrera, Juan Felipe
CRASHBOOMLOVE
Sixteen-year-old Cesar struggles through high school after his father leaves town.

Jaramillo, Ann
LA LINEA
Miguel is set to leave his Mexican village to join his parents in California but his little sister is determined to join him.

López, Lorraine M.
CALL ME HENRI
Henri has big dreams for his future but first he’s got to get his school to let him take French instead of ESL.

Martinez, Victor
PARROT IN THE OVEN: MI VIDA
Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a lower-income Mexican-American family.

Osa, Nancy
CUBA 15: A NOVEL
Violet Paz prepares for her upcoming “quince.”

Parra, Kelly
GRAFFITI GIRL
Artistic Angel expresses herself through street art.

Rodriguez, Luis
ALWAYS RUNNING: LA VIDA LOCA, GANG DAYS IN L.A. (Non-Fiction)
A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences.

Rodriguez, Luis
THE REPUBLIC OF EAST L.A.: STORIES
A collection of short stories about life in East L.A.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
SAMMY AND JULIANA IN HOLLYWOOD
Sammy faces the challenges of “gringo” racism, in 1969.

Saldaña, René
FINDING OUR WAY
A collection of short stories depicting life growing up Hispanic in America.

Soto, Gary
THE AFTERLIFE
A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder.

Soto, Gary
BURIED ONIONS
Eddie leaves college to return to his violence-infested home in Fresno.

Soto, Gary
HELP WANTED: STORIES
Short stories about young Mexican Americans.

Triana, Gaby
CUBANITA
Isabel escapes her overprotective mother for a job at a summer camp.

Photo Source: Quinceñaera by Nathan Gibbs via Creative Commons

8 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

I would add:

Chasing the Jaguar by Michele Dominguez Greene, about a 15-year-old Mexican-American girl, of Mayan descent, living in the barrio in Los Angles. Martika starts having strange dreams around the time of her quinceanera, and ends up using her special abilities to help solve a mystery. Reviewed here.

Behind the Eyes by Francisco X. Stork, about a son of Mexican immigrants living in a housing project in El Paso who, though a basically good kid, is dragged into gang trouble. Reviewed here.

Sarah Rettger said...

Honey Blonde Chica by Michelle Serros - conflict between the rich Chicanas and the rich Mexicanas, surfing, romance, some drinking/drugs that make it skew a little older - overall, a very fun book.

Two from Julia Alvarez: Finding Miracles, in which an adoptee becomes friends with a boy from her never-named native country, and then travels there, and When Tía Lola Came to Stay, which has a boy protagonist, and probably skews a bit younger.

Barbara O'Connor said...

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - but you should listen to it on tape. It's read by the author, which adds so much to it. I was mesmerized.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks, all, I'll pass your additions on to Lisa.

Little Willow said...

Glad to see Caridad Ferrer's ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE on here. Add her second teen novel, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ACCENT.

PiLibrarian said...

How about Alex Sanchez' coming-of-age-as-a-gay-youth novels, Getting It and So Hard to Say. Also, Blue Coyote by Lisa Ketchum.

alvina said...

IN THE BREAK by Jack Lopez and HATERS by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez from the Little, Brown list!

Anonymous said...

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