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Embrace Culture: Hispanic Heritage for Teens

From 20th century immigrants to contemporary life, these books discuss the experiences of Hispanic teens in the United States and elsewhere.


Estrella's Quinceanera
Estrella's Quinceanera

Estrella's mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional quinceanera for her, even though it is the last thing she wants.


Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico
Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico

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.


Before We Were Free
Before We Were Free

In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.


Once upon a Quinceanera : Coming of Age in the USA
Once upon a Quinceanera : Coming of Age in the USA


The Tequila Worm
The Tequila Worm

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."


Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry

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.


The Circuit : Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
The Circuit : Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child


The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped

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.


Facts of Life : Stories
Facts of Life : Stories

Children and teens from all walks of life deal with the dramas of growing up.


Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.


The Dreamer
The Dreamer

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.