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    Bless me, Ultima

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    Bless me, Ultima

    Anaya, Rudolfo A.

    Tony faces the daunting prospect of growing up amidst constant religious and cultural uncertainty. His mother is a devoted Catholic, but her influence is challenged by Ultima--a woman with magical healing powers. As Tony follows his own path toward adulthood, he relies on Ultima's wisdom. With her guidance, he is able to forge his unique identity.

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    Parrot in the oven

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    Parrot in the oven mi vida

    Martinez, Victor, 1954-

    Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle.

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    La casa en Mango Street

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    La casa en Mango Street

    Cisneros, Sandra.

    Frustrated by a life in the slums of Chicago, Esperanza tries to escape her neighborhood and invent her own future.

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    Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana

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    Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana

    Sánchez, Erika L., author.

    When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

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    The house on Mango Street

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    The house on Mango Street

    Cisneros, Sandra

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    Woman hollering creek, and other stories

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    The hunted

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    The hunted

    de la Peña, Matt, author.

    After surviving the earthquake and tsunami, Shy manages to make it back to land, but he's far from safe because a secret his cruise ship coworker Addie shared with him is one that people have killed for, and now that Shy knows, he's become a moving target.

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    The living

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    The living

    de la Peña, Matt.

    After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

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    American road trip

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    American road trip

    Flores-Scott, Patrick, author.

    Brothers Teodoro and Manny Avila take a road trip to address Manny's PTSD following his tour in Iraq, and to help T. change his life and win the heart of Wendy Martinez. Includes information and resources about PTSD.

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    CrashBoomLove

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    CrashBoomLove : a novel in verse

    Herrera, Juan Felipe.

    After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.

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    Any small goodness

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    Any small goodness : a novel of the barrio

    Johnston, Tony, 1942-

    Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian, and even starting their own gang.

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    Parrot in the oven

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    Parrot in the oven : mi vida : a novel

    Martinez, Victor, 1954-

    Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle.

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    Shame the stars

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    Shame the stars

    McCall, Guadalupe Garcia, author, illustrator.

    "In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquín and Dulceña attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Out of darkness

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    Out of darkness

    Pérez, Ashley Hope, author.

    Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas, in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who's Mexican, and Wash, who's black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

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    What can't wait

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    What can't wait

    Pérez, Ashley Hope.

    Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

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    Gabi, a girl in pieces

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    Gabi, a girl in pieces

    Quintero, Isabel, author.

    Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, father's meth habit, cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

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    The inexplicable logic of my life

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    The inexplicable logic of my life : a novel

    Sáenz, Benjamin Alire, author.

    "A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

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    Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

    Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.

    Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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    Bait

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    Bait

    Sanchez, Alex, 1957-

    Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.

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    Getting it

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    Getting it

    Sanchez, Alex, 1957-

    Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, fifteen-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover, in exchange for Carlos's help in forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

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    So hard to say

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    So hard to say

    Sanchez, Alex, 1957-

    Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay.

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    The afterlife

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    The afterlife

    Soto, Gary.

    A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.

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    Buried onions

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    Buried onions

    Soto, Gary.

    When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

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    The last summer of the Death Warriors

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    The last summer of the Death Warriors

    Stork, Francisco X.

    Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.

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    The memory of light

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    The memory of light

    Stork, Francisco X., author.

    When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.

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    Love, Amalia

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    Love, Amalia

    Ada, Alma Flor.

    Sixth-grader Amalia learns many important life-lessons while spending Friday afternoons with her beloved grandmother, and the teaching goes on even after Abuelita's sudden death as Amalia finds a way to connect with relatives and a friend who has moved away.

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    Happy birthday, Josefina!

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    Happy birthday, Josefina! : a springtime story

    Tripp, Valerie, 1951-

    Josefina hopes to become a "curandera" or healer like T’a Magdalena, and she is tested just before her tenth birthday when a friend receives a potentially fatal snakebite.

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    Josefina saves the day

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    Josefina saves the day : a summer story

    Tripp, Valerie, 1951-

    In 1825 when Josefina trusts a trader in Santa Fe with an important deal, she makes a surprising discovery about this young American who leaves town without paying her.

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    Meet Josefina

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    Meet Josefina : an American girl

    Tripp, Valerie, 1951-

    Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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    Icy watermelon

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    Icy watermelon

    Galindo, Mary Sue.

    When three generations of a family gather to eat watermelon, the grandparents reminisce about how the sweet fruit brought them together.

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    Becoming Naomi León

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

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    They call me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems

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    They call me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems

    Bowles, David (David O.), author.

    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.

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    The tequila worm

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    The tequila worm

    Canales, Viola.

    Sofia finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to her family in the barrio community of McAllen, Texas.

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    Maximilian & the mystery of the Guardian Angel

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    Maximilian & the mystery of the Guardian Angel : a bilingual lucha libre thriller

    Garza, Xavier.

    Eleven-year-old Maximilian, a big fan of lucha libre, makes an unexpected connection with his idol, the Guardian Angel, when he takes a tumble over the railing at a match in San Antonio.

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    Long shot

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    Long shot

    Lupica, Mike.

    A point guard for his school basketball team, Pedro decides to run for class president, but his running mate, Ned, who happens to be the most popular boy in school and Pedro's teammate, does not appreciate the competition.

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    The first rule of punk

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    The first rule of punk

    Pérez, Celia C., 1972-

    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.

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    Star in the forest

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    Star in the forest

    Resau, Laura.

    After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.

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    Becoming Naomi Leon

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    Becoming Naomi Leon

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

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    Stef Soto, taco queen

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    Stef Soto, taco queen

    Torres, Jennifer, 1980-

    "Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life"-- Provided by publisher.

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    The empanadas that abuela made

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    The empanadas that abuela made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela / por Diane Gonzales Bertrand ; ilustraciones de Alex Pardo DeLange ; traducción al español de Gabriela Baeza Ventura

    Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.

    Told in the style of a cumulative folk song, a grandmother makes empanadas, a traditional Hispanic treat, for her family. Includes recipe.

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    Radio Man =

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    Radio Man = : Don Radio : a story in English and Spanish

    Dorros, Arthur.

    As he travels with his family of migrant farmworkers, Diego relies on his radio to provide him with companionship and help connect him to all the different places in which he lives.

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    La mariposa

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    La mariposa

    Jimenez, Francisco, 1943-

    Because he can only speak Spanish, Francisco, son of a migrant worker, has trouble when he begins first grade, but his fascination with the caterpillar in the classroom helps him begin to fit in.

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    Angel City

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    Angel City

    Johnston, Tony, 1942-

    Joseph, an old African-American man, finds a Mexican baby abandoned in a Dumpster and raises him in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood to know both African-American and Mexican American ways.

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    My abuelita

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    My abuelita

    Johnston, Tony, 1942-

    With great gusto, a child's grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of "huevos estrellados," and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

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    Pablo's tree

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    Pablo's tree

    Mora, Pat.

    Each year on his birthday, a young Mexican American boy looks forward to seeing how his grandfather has decorated the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted.

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    Tomas and the library lady

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    Tomas and the library lady

    Mora, Pat.

    While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tom‡s finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

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    My diary from here to there

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    My diary from here to there

    Pérez, Amada Irma.

    A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

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    America Is Her Name

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    America Is Her Name

    Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-

    A Mixteca Indian from Oaxaca, AmŽrica Soliz, suffers from the poverty and hopelessness of her Chicago ghetto, made more endurable by a desire and determination to be a poet.

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    The quiet place

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    The quiet place

    Stewart, Sarah, 1939-

    A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.

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    Dear Primo

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    Dear Primo : a letter to my cousin

    Tonatiuh, Duncan.

    Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, the boys are very similar at heart.

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