Reading Lists

Hispanic American (RD 80 and 90)

Bless me, Ultima

Anaya, Rudolfo A

Warner Books 1999

Six-year-old Antonio embarks upon a spiritual journey under the watchful guidance of Ultima, a healing woman, that leads him to question his faith and beliefs in family, religion, and other aspects of his Chicano culture.

Breaking through

Jimenez, Francisco

Houghton Mifflin 2001

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.


Rice-Gonzalez, Charles

Magnus Books 2011

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age. coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block --

Down these mean streets

Thomas, Piri

Vintage Books 1997

The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts.

The house on Mango Street

Cisneros, Sandra

Vintage Books 1991

The story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.

How the Garcia girls lost their accents

Alvarez, Julia

Plume 1992

In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia 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.

How to be a Chicana role model

Serros, Michele M

Riverhead Books 2000

She's recited poetry by the outhouses at Lollapalooza...cleaned up after the Flygirls on the set of In Living Color...seduced a love-struck fan with a plagiarized poem...studied Spanish with a clique of catty coeds in Mexico...traveled to inner-city schools to introduce reluctant readers to the wonder of words...

Perfect chemistry

Elkeles, Simone

Walker 2009

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.

We were here

de la Pena, Matt

Delacorte Press 2009

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.

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