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Haters

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 04, 2006)

From the first day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While...


I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin & Lee White Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2014)

An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this “lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification” (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.

Celeste...


Roberto Clemente

by Montrew Dunham & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (September 05, 2008)

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He played 18 seasons at right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a National League, Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times...


So Hard to Say

by Alex Sanchez Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends.

Frederick knows he should...


The Heart Is Not a Size

by Beth Kephart HarperTeen (March 30, 2010)

Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they?

When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine...


Days of the Dead

by Kersten Hamilton Sky Pony (September 04, 2018)

By the critically acclaimed author of Tyger Tyger, a warm, magical story of a girl’s struggle to keep a promise to her dead mother.

Glorieta Magdalena Davis Espinosa is happy that Papi married Alice. She’s...


Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits

Love Sugar Magic #2

by Anna Meriano & Mirelle Ortega Walden Pond Press (February 05, 2019)

The second book in this breakout series that's been called "charming and delectably sweet." (Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series)

Leonora Logroño has finally been introduced...


The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez Cinco Puntos Press (August 25, 2017)

Claudia Guadalupe Martínez's debut novel for tweens garnered lots of praise. Recommended by the Chicago Public Library as the Best of the Best in 2008, it's a bittersweet story about death, family, and the...


Pig Park

by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez Cinco Puntos Press (September 22, 2014)

It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga's neighborhood is becoming more and more of a ghost town since the lard company moved away. Her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses...


Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina

by Emma Carlson Berne & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 27, 2015)

What if you suddenly found yourself in Josefina's world in New Mexico in 1824? What activities might you do on the rancho, what dreams might you have, and what would you do for fun? In this story, you can join...


Orange in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

by Krista Dowell & Robbi Almanzar Goldminds Publishing, LLC (April 09, 2017)

When Orange decides he needs to improve his Spanish skills, he and Jes head for Central America. A nervous little chihuahua begs them to help her find the Tacos Dorados, and the search takes them across Nicaragua....


Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Love Sugar Magic #1

by Anna Meriano & Mirelle Ortega Walden Pond Press (January 02, 2018)

"A charming and delectably sweet debut. Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heartLove Sugar Magic has it all." Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series

Leonora Logroño’s...


Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean

by Monica Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 07, 2017)

The Levines are finally getting a pet--a furry one that is. They are excited about adopting a kitty they name Jelly, but they don't get very far in the process when Ben starts sneezing. Oh no, he's allergic!...


Dancing Home

by Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel M. Zubizarreta Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)

In this timely tale of immigration, two cousins learn the importance of family and friendship.

A year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls find their own way to belong.

Mexico...


Stef Soto, Taco Queen

by Jennifer Torres Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 17, 2017)

A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla,...


Cassie and Jasper: Kidnapped Cattle

by Bryn Fleming WestWinds Press (October 11, 2016)

Book Three in theRange Riders Series is the most exciting yet, as Cassie and Jasper conquer the elements, outwit rustlers, and rope, ride, and rescue like never before.


Something Inbetween

by Melissa de la Cruz MIRA Ink (October 06, 2016)

‘This is an important, powerful contemporary YA that you won’t regret reading’

- Buzzfeed When your country doesn’t want you there, how do you know where you belong?

Jasmine de los Santos has been...


Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream

Seeing Off the Johns

by Rene S Perez II Cinco Puntos Press (October 12, 2015)

A tragic accident in a small Texas town changes the destiny of two young people forever.


Letters from the Corrugated Castle

by Joan W. Blos Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 03, 2008)

Dear Cousin Sallie,

I begin with words I never thought to write:

I am not an orphan!

Thirteen-year-old Eldora has always believed that her mother died when she was very little, and for nine years she has...


My Name Is Maria Isabel

by Alma Flor Ada & K. Dyble Thompson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 15, 2009)

A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity.

For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher...


Voices in First Person

by Flavio Morais, Lori Marie Carlson & Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 05, 2008)

WANTING TO BELONG. WANTING TO GO HOME. LOVE. REGRET. FAMILY LEGENDS. DREAMS. REVENGE. ENGLISH. SPANISH.

This eclectic, gritty, and groundbreaking collection of short monologues features twenty-one of the most...


He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Saenz Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 17, 2008)

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives...


South Beach Sizzle

by Suzanne Weyn & Diana Gonzalez Simon Pulse (October 27, 2009)

Is Enrique trying to win her over -- or just trying to win?

Road trip! Lula Cruz has her last summer before college all mapped out. She's checking out of NYC and checking in to the sizzling hot "SoBe" scene with...


Dark Dude

by Oscar Hijuelos Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2009)

He didn't say good-bye. He didn't leave a phone number. And he didn't plan on coming back - ever.

In Wisconsin, Rico could blend in. His light hair and lighter skin wouldn't make him the "dark dude" or the...


Honey Blonde Chica

by Michele Serros Simon Pulse (May 11, 2010)

Evie Gomez is one chill chica. She and best friend Raquel hang with the Flojos, a kick-back crew named for their designer flip-flops. And their habit of doing absolutely nothing.

But the return of long-lost...


Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme

by Monica Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 05, 2016)

When new classmate Bella, a ballet dancer, walks into Lola's class at Northland Elementary, all Lola can see is pink everywhere--pink ribbons, a pink sweatshirt, and pink tennis shoes. Yuck! Pink is Lola's least...


Lola Levine: Drama Queen

by Monica Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 05, 2016)

Seven-year-old Lola Levine is fierce on the soccer field. She can do a slide tackle (although she's not supposed to) and even likes gooey worms. Nothing scares Lola! That is, until she is auditioning in front...


Laughing Out Loud, I Fly

by Juan Felipe Herrera & Karen Barbour HarperCollins (February 23, 2016)

From U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, here are stirring poems that read like music. Awarded the Pura Belpré Honor for this book, Herrera writes in both Spanish and English about the joy and laughter...


Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

by Monica Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 03, 2015)

Lola Levine likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom's cafe con leche, eating her dad's matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn't always fit in?

Lola...


Jasper and Willie: Wildfire

by Bryn Fleming WestWinds Press (September 01, 2015)

A little girl is lost. Wildfires rage across the land. In this second book in the Range Riders series, animal-crazy kids will be riveted by the adventures of young cowboy Jasper and his blind dog Willie. Can...


Cubanita

by Gaby Triana HarperCollins Espanol (March 17, 2009)

All Isa wants is to be a regular American teenager, something her Cuban immigrant mother most definitely does not understand. After almost eighteen years of constant debate over everything from birthdays to...


Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

by Bil Wright Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2011)

In this spirited exploration of strength and personality, a fabulous NYC teen knows he’s destined for greatness—if only he can survive his first job.

Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a...


Canned and Crushed

by Bibi Belford Sky Pony (March 03, 2015)

When Sandro Zapote finds out his little sister needs heart surgery, he is determined to help his parents raise the money they’ll need to help her get better. Sandro’s dad is in the states illegally and must...