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SOFI MENDOZA'S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST IN MEXICO
CHOLO STYLE
THE PRICE OF LOYALTY
 

SOFI MENDOZA'S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST IN MEXICO
by Malín Alegría
When Southern California high school senior Sofi Mendoza lies to her parents and crosses the border for a weekend party, she has no idea that she will get stuck in a Mexican village with family she has never met before, unable to return to the United States and the easy life she knew.

ESTRELLA'S QUINCEAÑERA
by Malín Alegría
Estrella's mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional quinceañera for her, even though it is the last thing she wants.

RETURN TO SENDER
by Julia Alvarez
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter and realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

BEFORE WE WERE FREE
by Julia Alvarez
Twelve-year-old Anita tries to live a normal life amidst a revolution in her native Dominican Republic in the 1960s.

HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS
by Julia Alvarez
Four sisters adjust to their Dominican-New York City move over almost 30 years.

FINDING MIRACLES
by Julia Alvarez
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.

BLESS ME ULTIMA
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
A young Chicano's journeys in rural New Mexico in the 1940's with a curandera who explores good and evil, magic and spirituality.

CHOLO STYLE
by Reynaldo Berrios and Mi Vida Loca Magazine
From his San Francisco home, author Reynaldo Berrios started Mi Vida Loca maga-zine in 1992 with ambitious goals: "I wanted vatos to get started on a peace treaty. I wanted for cholos to stop the drive-bys. I wanted for the mainstream to stop acting as if La Raza didn't exist. I wanted my people to have a voice and to be proud of our beliefs, our heroes, and our culture." Cholo Style includes interviews and photographs obtained at great risk from gang members and underworld leaders throughout the state of California, plus intense, stylized line drawings from barrios, prisons, and low-rider cultural gatherings.

THE TEQUILA WORM
by Viola Canales
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."

VOICES IN FIRST PERSON: REFLECTIONS ON LATINO IDENTITY
edited by Lori Marie Carlson
A collection of brief fictional pieces about the experiences of Latinos in the United States, by such writers as Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Oscar Hijuelos, and others.

THE PRICE OF LOYALTY
by Mike Castan
Mexican American middle-schooler Manny finds himself caught between going along with his friends who are set on forming a gang and cutting his ties to them and following his own inclination to stay out of trouble.

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THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE
SKATEFATE
 

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET
by Sandra Cisneros
A Chicago Latino neighborhood comes alive in stories about family and friends.

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK AND OTHER STORIES
by Sandra Cisneros
Chicanas and Mexicanas tell stories about sadness and disappointment.

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
by Junot Díaz
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukoe – the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents and, above all, ill-starred love.

GONZÁLEZ AND DAUGHTER TRUCKING CO.: A ROAD NOVEL WITH LITERARY LICENSE
by María Amparo Escandón
Serving a sentence in a prison in Mexico, Libertad González finds a clever way to pass the time with the weekly Library Club, reading to her fellow inmates from whatever books she can find in the prison's meager supply. The story that emerges, though, has nothing to do with the words printed on the pages. She tells of a former literature professor and fugitive of the Mexican government who reinvents himself as a trucker in the United States. There he falls in love with a wild woman with whom he shares his truck and his life – that is until Joaquín González unexpectedly finds himself alone on the road with a baby girl and González & Daughter Trucking Co. is born.

WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE
by Caridad Ferrer
Soledad Reyes decides to dance Carmen as part of a drum and bugle corps competition, not knowing if it will help or harm her chance of becoming a professional ballet dancer but eager to pursue new options, including a romance with the boy who invited her to audition.

ADIÓS TO MY OLD LIFE
by Caridad Ferrer
As a talented singer-guitarist with a dream of going pro, Alegría Montero is getting fed up with the endless, boring parade of quinceañeras and other family party gigs. She's longing for something bigger. And Oye Mi Canto – a new reality TV show that's searching for the next Latin superstar – is definitely that. Ali figures she'll never make the cut, but auditioning seems like a good way to get her overprotective father to take her ambitions seriously.

To Ali's complete shock, she passes her audition. Next thing she knows, she's dealing with wardrobe fittings, cameras, reporters, vocal coaches, and websites designed by lovestruck fanboys. She's also dealing with jealousy, malice, and sabotage among the contestants, all of which has her wondering: Is it really time to shoot for the stars and try to win the whole competition, or is it time to say "Cut!" and become a normal teenager again?

SUCKERPUNCH
by David Hernandez
Shy, seventeen-year-old Marcus and his sixteen-year-old brother, Enrique, accompanied by two friends, drive from their home in southern California to Monterey to confront the abusive father who walked out a year earlier, and who now wants to return home.

DOWNTOWN BOY
by Juan Felipe Herrera
From June of 1958 to June of 1959, Juanito tries to stay out of mischief and be good as he, his mother and his father move around the state of California, never quite feeling at home.

SKATEFATE
by Juan Felipe Herrera
Lucky Z, a Chicano foster child, loved living on the edge until a drag racing accident left him in a wheelchair, but as he struggles to find his place in a new high school, he begins writing poetry everywhere about anything, and in finding his voice he also discovers the beauty around him.

DARK DUDE
by Oscar Hijuelos
In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

LA LÍNEA
by Ann Jaramillo
When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join him soon imperils them both.

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THE GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO GETTING KIDNAPPED
WE WERE HERE
WHAT CAN'T WAIT
 

ANY SMALL GOODNESS: A NOVEL OF THE BARRIO
by Tony Johnston
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.

PARROT IN THE OVEN: MI VIDA
by Victor Martinez
Manny tells the story of his poor Mexican-American family whose alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggles.

UNDER THE MESQUITE
by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

HIJAS AMERICANAS: BEAUTY, BODY IMAGE, AND GROWING UP LATINA
by Rosie Molinary
An examination of Latina femininity as based on interviews with five hundredomen from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America sharesheir perspectives on such topics as body image, ethnic identity, andexuality.

THE GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO GETTING KIDNAPPED
by Yxta Maya Murray
Fifteen-year-old Michelle Pena, born into a powerful Mexican American gang family, tries to reconcile her gangster legacy with the girl she has become--a nationally ranked runner and academic superstar.

RIDING LOW ON THE STREETS OF GOLD: LATINO LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
edited by Judith Ortiz Cofer
A collection of short stories and poetry about Latino youth in realistic situations.

CALL ME MARIA: A NOVEL
by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Fifteen-year-old Maria leaves her mother and their Puerto Rican home to live in the barrio of New York with her father, feeling torn between the two cultures in which she has been raised.

AN ISLAND LIKE YOU: STORIES OF THE BARRIO
by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Twelve stories about young people caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings.

WE WERE HERE
by Matt de la Peña
Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.

MEXICAN WHITEBOY
by Matt de la Peña
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

WHAT CAN'T WAIT
by Ashley Hope Pérez
Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

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EFRAIN'S SECRET
SAMMY & JULIANA IN HOLLYWOOD
BAIT
 

DESERT ANGEL
by Charlie Price
In the California desert, fourteen-year-old Angel is on the run from the man who abused her, killed her mother, and intends to kill her too.

BODEGA DREAMS
by Ernesto Quiñonez
The word is out in Spanish Harlem: Willie Bodega is king. Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange for loyalty.

EFRAIN'S SECRET
by Sofia Quintero
Ambitious high school senior and honor student Efrain Rodriguez makes some questionable choices in pursuit of his dream to escape the South Bronx and attend an Ivy League college.

CRAZY LOCO: STORIES
by David Rice
Some funny and believable stories about Mexican-American youth in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

WHAT THE MOON SAW: A NOVEL
by Laura Resau
Fourteen-year-old Clara Luna spends the summer with her grandparents in the tiny, remote village of Yucuyoo, Mexico, learning about her grandmother's life as a healer, her father's decision to leave home for the United States, and her own place in the world.

ALWAYS RUNNING: LA VIDA LOCA: GANG DAYS IN L.A.
by Luis J. Rodriguez
Growing up in Watts and East L.A., Rodriguez joined his first gang at age 11 and was drawn into "la vida loca" - the crazy life. Gangs were "how we wove something out of the threads of nothing," he remembers. By age 18, he was a veteran of gang warfare, police killings, drug overdoses, and suicides that had claimed 25 of his friends and had driven him and so many others to despair. In part, Rodriguez survived the violence and desperation of his youth by writing down his experiences. They were only woven into this astonishing book years later, when his son, Ramiro, joined a gang in Chicago where they now live.

ESPERANZA RISING
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza, growing up in 1930s Mexico, loses her life of luxury but discovers her ability to deal with change in a new country.

LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.

SAMMY & JULIANA IN HOLLYWOOD
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.

BAIT
by Alex Sanchez
Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.

SO HARD TO SAY
by Alex Sanchez
Thirteen-year-old Xio and Frederick quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay.

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BURIED ONIONS
BEHIND THE EYES
RIDING THE UNIVERSE
 

GETTING IT
by Alex Sanchez
Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, fifteen-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover, in exchange for Carlos's help in forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

THE SECRET STORY OF SONÍA RODRÍGUEZ
by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Tenth-grader Sonía reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family as she studies hard to become the first Rodríguez to finish high school.

PARTLY CLOUDY: POEMS OF LOVE AND LONGING
by Gary Soto
Poet Gary Soto captures the voices of young people as they venture toward their first kiss, brood over bruised hearts, and feel the thrill of first love.

BURIED ONIONS
by Gary Soto
When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

HELP WANTED: STORIES
by Gary Soto
Ten stories portray some of the struggles and hopes of young Mexican Americans.

ACCIDENTAL LOVE
by Gary Soto
After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy" boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior, and losing weight.

WÁCHALE!: POETRY AND PROSE ABOUT GROWING UP LATINO IN AMERICA
edited by Ilan Stavans
A bilingual collection of poems, stories, and other writings which celebrates diversity among Latinos.

THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS
by Francisco X. Stork
Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.

BEHIND THE EYES
by Francisco X. Stork
Sixteen-year-old Hector is the hope of his family, but when he seeks revenge after his brother's gang-related death and is sent to a San Antonio reform school, it takes an odd assortment of characters to help him see that hope is still alive.

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD
by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

RIDING THE UNIVERSE
by Gaby Triana
Seventeen-year-old Chloé, who inherited her uncle's beloved Harley after his death, spends the subsequent year trying to pass chemistry, wondering whether she should look for her birth parents, and beginning an unlikely relationship with her chemistry tutor, while also trying to figure out how she really feels about the boy who has been her best friend since they were children.

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DON'T CALL ME A HERO
AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS
PERFECT CHEMISTRY SERIES
 

CUBANITA
by Gaby Triana
Seventeen-year-old Isabel, eager to leave Miami to attend the University of Michigan and escape her overprotective Cuban mother, learns some truths about her family's past and makes important decisions about the type of person she wants to be.

HATERS
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Having tried for years to deny her psychic abilities, high school sophomore Paski has disturbing visions about the popular girl at her new high school in Orange County, California.

WHO'S BURIED IN THE GARDEN?
by Ray Villareal
Even though he knows his best friend Artie is a liar, when the coincidences start to add up, seventh-grader Joshua starts to believe that there might be merit to his friend's idea of a body buried in the neighbor's yard.

DON'T CALL ME A HERO
by Ray Villareal
Ninth-grader Rawly Sanchez's life is hard – his brother is in prison, he works at his mother's restaurant to help make ends meet, he is failing algebra, and the girl he has a crush on does not know he exists – but when his dramatic and impulsive rescue of a wealthy celebrity from a flooded creek makes him famous, he does not know what to think about his newfound popularity.

THE BROTHERS TORRES
by Coert Voorhees
Sophomore Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie's soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends.

AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS
by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Fifteen-year-old Mariana Ruiz must leave her best friends in Philadelphia to spend two months with complete strangers, her father's relatives in Puerto Rico, but slowly her resentment and discomfort turn into a way of finding herself.

ONE CRAZY SUMMER
by Rita Williams-Garcia
14-year-old Gayle is in trouble again. This time mama is determined to change things, sending her to relatives down South to experience a life drastically different from the urban environment she's always known.

Series:

CHUPACABRA SERIES
BOOK ONE: CURSE OF THE CHUPACABRA
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Professor Rosa Medina, a folklorist researching the ChupaCabra, goes to Mexico to track down recent sightings of the creature which kills its victims, particularly goats, by sucking their brains out.

AMIGAS SERIES
BOOK ONE: FIFTEEN CANDLES
by Veronica Chambers
For Alicia Cruz and her three best friends – Carmen, Jamie, and Gaz – quinceañeras, the fantastic parties thrown for Latina girls turning fifteen, are a staple of the Miami social scene. But this summer after meeting the new girl in town, Alicia ends up volunteering to help organize Sarita's quince. Soon Alicia is drowning in preparations and turning into a quince-zilla. Will she learn to trust her amigas and rock the party?

PERFECT CHEMISTRY SERIES
BOOK ONE: PERFECT CHEMISTRY
by Simone Elkeles
When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates, and others.

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