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Fiction For Younger Readers

Fiction For Younger Readers

Bowles, David O. ​​They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems. El Paso, Texas: Cinco Puntos Press, 2018.
Twelve-year-old Güero, a red-headed, freckled Mexican American border kid, discovers the joy of writing poetry, thanks to his seventh grade English teacher.

Cisneros, Ernesto. Efrén Divided. New York, New York: Harper, 2020.
While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico.

Delacre, Lulu. Us, in Progress: Short stories about young Latinos. New York, New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
Author and Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre's illustrated collection of twelve short stories is a look at the diverse Latinos who live in the United States. In this book meet many young Latinos living in the United States, from a young girl whose day at her father's burrito truck surprises her to two sisters working together to change the older sister's immigration status, and more.

Diaz, Alexandra. Santiago's Road Home. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020.
Fleeing abusive relatives and extreme poverty in Mexico, young Santiago endures being detained by ICE while crossing the border into the United States.

Dominguez, Angela. Stella Díaz Never Gives Up. New York, New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2020.
A story about a shy Mexican-American girl who becomes an environmental activist and makes a difference in her community.

Kemp, Laekan Zea. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet. New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
Told in two voices, Pen, whose dream of taking over her family's restaurant has been destroyed, and Xander, a new, undocumented, employee seeking his father, form a bond. Young Adult Fiction, ages 14+.

Pérez, Celia C. The First Rule of Punk. New York, New York: Viking, 2017.
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang–violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

Pérez, Celia C. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. New York, New York: Kokila, 2019.
The story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town, as they learn more about community, and the role an individual has in impacting the world.

Sánchez, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017.
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. Young Adult Fiction, ages 14+.