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Latino Interest Books for Children in Junior High and Up KEYWORDS: RELATED: Upper Elementary GradesNew at Macmillan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers has published a number of titles which promote a sense of cultural pride through positive portrayals of Latino figures.

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I, Juan de Pareja

Told through the eyes of Velasquez's slave and assistant, this vibrant novel depicts both the beauty and the cruelty of 17th century Spain and tells the story...

"...Told through the eyes of Velasquez's slave and assistant, this vibrant novel depicts both..."

Elizabeth Borton De Trevino

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The Poet Slave of Cuba

A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan...

"...Spanish, Latin, French while my sweet ghost-Mamá-owner and all her friends listen they are forgetful..."

By Margarita Engle and Sean Qualls

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Life Sucks

Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he...

"...the humor of the mundane that lend the book’s crew of late-night wage-slave vamps believability..."

By Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece

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Life Sucks

Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he...

By Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece

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The Surrender Tree

Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and...

"...It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and.... It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish

Margarita Engle Margarita Engle

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Tropical Secrets

Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has...

"...to the silenced in Cuban history provides fresh options for young readers.”--Kirkus Reviews “As in The Poet Slave of Cuba (2006) and The Surrender Tree (2008), both selected as Booklist Editors’ Choice titles, Engle’s latest book tells another story set in Cuba of those left out of the history books..."

Margarita Engle Margarita Engle

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Red Hot Salsa

Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

i think in spanish i write in english i want to go back to puerto rico, but i wonder if my kink could live in ponce, mayagüez and carolina tengo...

"...i think in spanish i write in english i want to go back to puerto rico, but i wonder if my kink could live in ponce, mayagüez and carolina tengo.... i think in spanish i write in english i want to go back to puerto rico, but i wonder if my kink could live in ponce, mayagüez and carolina tengo las..."

By Lori Marie Carlson and Oscar Hijuelos

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