Author Narrative – Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Pura Belpre Award Winner

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Candlewick Press #ad - But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. And yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. Is there any way for piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.

At first piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Winner of the 2014 pura belpré author awardin meg medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had.

Author Narrative - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Pura Belpre Award Winner #ad - One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Word is that yaqui thinks piddy is stuck-up, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, shakes her stuff when she walks, and no accent.

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Mexican WhiteBoy

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Delacorte Press #ad - And growing up in san diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see--the demons that are right in front of his face. Newbery award-winning and new york times bestselling author Matt de la Peña's Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Danny's tall and skinny. Half-Mexican brown. And danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

Mexican WhiteBoy #ad - But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming. Matt de la peña's critically acclaimed novel is an intimate and moving story that offers hope to those who least expect it. A first-rate exploration of self-identity. Slj"unique in its gritty realism and honest portrayal of the complexities of life for inner-city teens.

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The Education of Margot Sanchez

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers #ad - Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal… margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal. John hughes’s pretty in pink comes to the south bronx in this bold and “emotional story about class, race, hard work, and finding one’s place” Publishers Weekly—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Things/people margot hates: mami, for destroying her social life papi, for becoming a Neanderthal The supermarket Everyone else After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal Junior, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded.

The Education of Margot Sanchez #ad - . With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

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Burn Baby Burn

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Candlewick Press #ad - And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.

All nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, is growing more threatening by the day, Hector, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

Burn Baby Burn #ad - Nora lopez is seventeen during the infamous new york summer of 1977, a massive blackout, when the city is besieged by arson, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets.

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

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Cinco Puntos Press #ad - Or worse: trying to be White. Isabel quintero is an award-winning writer from the Inland Empire of Southern California. I mean, this is america and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. Her work can be found in the normal school, Huizache, The Acentos Review, The James Franco Review, As/Us Journal, and other publications.

But, of course, i can't tell my mom that because she will think I'm bad. That's as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. Isabel also writes poetry and essays. So now, every time i go out with a guy, my mom says, "Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas. Eyes open, legs closed. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces #ad - And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity. July 24my mother named me gabriella, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, coincidentally, after my grandmother who, and therefore living in sin. And i don't mind it. Named to kirkus reviews best books of 2014named to school library journal best Books of 2014Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, her father's meth habit, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, and the food she craves.

I don't necessarily agree with that whole wait until you're married crap, though.

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The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

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Candlewick Press #ad - All her life, sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it.

At first, sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl’s protective powers began.

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind #ad - A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction. Sixteen-year-old sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. With deeply realized characters, and a flush of young romance, a hint of magical realism, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, a keen sense of place, warmhearted girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths as she finds her real power.

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We Were Here

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Delacorte Press #ad - Forget his brother. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live. But miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out.

Newbery award-winning author matt de la Peña's We Were Here is a "fast, smart, funny, and heartbreaking" novel Booklist. When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. Forget his mom.

We Were Here #ad - Forget himself. Life usually doesn’ t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from. From the streets of stockton to the beaches of Venice, all the way to the Mexican border, We Were Here follows a journey of self-discovery by a boy who is trying to forgive himself in an unforgiving world.

Fast, smart, funny, and heartbreaking. The contemporary survival adventure will keep readers hooked.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Knopf Books for Young Readers #ad - The new york times  “Unique and fresh. Entertainment Weekly “A standout. Npr. That was Olga’s role. With the help of her best friend Lorena, first everything boyfriend Connor, and her first love, Julia is determined to find out. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought.

And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. National book award finalist!instant new york times bestseller!the absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter #ad - Perfect mexican daughters do not go away to college. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. 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.

Was olga really what she seemed? or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?“Alive and crackling—a gritty tale wrapped in a page-turner. But julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter.

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The Poet X

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HarperTeen #ad - But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But xiomara has plenty she wants to say, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, who her family can never know about. Xiomara batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood.

The Poet X #ad - Winner of the national book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz award, and jason reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing new york Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, and the Pura Belpré Award!Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

With mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice. Justina ireland, author of Dread Nation“An incredibly potent debut.

Jason reynolds, saint, author of the national Book Award Finalist Ghost“Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, warrior, and hero.

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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

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Scholastic Inc. #ad - Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything. Through it all, evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation. Infused with actual news accounts from the time period, Sonia Manzano has crafted a gripping work of fiction based on her own life growing up during a fiery, unforgettable time in America, when young Latinos took control of their destinies.

The young lords, dump garbage in the street and set it on fire, a Puerto Rican activist group, igniting a powerful protest. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. One of america’s most influential hispanics -- 'maria' on sesame street -- presents a powerful novel set in New York's El Barrio in 1969There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo? her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who's come from Puerto Rico to live with them.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano #ad - When abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action.

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Internment

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - An instant new york Times bestseller! "Internment sets itself apart. Terrifying, thrilling and urgent. Entertainment WeeklyRebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future united States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, and an unexpected alliance, her boyfriend on the outside, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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