Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Title

Author

Where Do I Find It?

What’s it about?

Forest World

Margarita Engle

Adventure

F ENG

Sent to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows, Edver is surprised to meet a half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into coming there, too, turns dangerous.

Red Glass

Laura Resau

Adventure

F RES

Sixteen-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey through Mexico, where the six-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain

Miles Morales : Spider-Man

Jason Reynolds

Adventure

F REY

Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man"--

Shadowhouse fall

Daniel Jose Older.

Fantasy

F OLD

In addition to the ordinary problems of a Puerto Rican teenager in Brooklyn, Sierra Santiago is working on developing her shadowshaping skills, and she is beginning to think she may need all the skill she can summon because it seems that when she channeled hundreds of spirits through herself in order to defeat Wick she woke up something very powerful and very unfriendly and put her family and friends at risk.

Casa Azul : an Encounter with Frida Kahlo

Laban Carrick Hill

Historical Fiction

F HIL

In 1940, after traveling from their country village to Mexico City to find their mother, fourteen-year-old Maria and her younger brother Victor are befriended by the artist Frida Kahlo and the talking animals and household objects that inhabit her home.

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

Historical Fiction

F RYA

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.

Before We Were Free

Julia Alvarez

Historical Fiction

F ALV

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.

Lucky Broken Girl

Ruth Behar

Historical Fiction

F BEH

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Estrella's Quinceanera

Malin Alegria

Realistic Fiction

F  ALE

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

The Tequila Worm

Viola Canales

Realistic Fiction

F CAN

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."

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Pablo Cartaya

Realistic Fiction

F CAR

Arturo's Miami summer is marked by the arrival of poetry enthusiast Carmen, who helps him use the power of protest to fight the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela's restaurant.

Fifteen Candles

by Veronica Chambers ; created by Jane Startz ; inspired by Jennifer Lopez.

Realistic Fiction

F CHA

When Alicia tries to start a business organizing quinceañeras, and she drags her friends into it as well, party organizing turns out to be harder than she thought, and Alicia risks losing her new business and her friends.

Lights, Camera, Quince!

by Veronica Chambers ; created by Jane Startz ; inspired by Jennifer Lopez.

Realistic Fiction

F CHA

When Carmen turns fifteen, her friends are determined to throw her the best party ever, but when the group agrees to be part of a reality show competition, Carmen begins to feel like her quinceanera is no longer in the spotlight.

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

Realistic Fiction

F CIS

The story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

Advice About family: Claudia Cristina Cortez Uncomplicates Your Life

Diana G. Gallagher

Realistic Fiction

F GAL

Claudia uses examples from her own family life to offer advice on developing good relationships with parents, siblings, and extended family members, along with ways to enjoy family fun nights, vacations, and chores.

La Línea

Ann E. Jaramillo

Realistic Fiction

F JAR

When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join him soon imperils them both.

The First Rule of Punk

Celia C. Pérez

Realistic Fiction

F PER

An exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching

Becoming Naomi Leon

Pam Munoz Ryan

Realistic Fiction

F RYA

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.

The Dreamer

Pam Munoz Ryan

Realistic Fiction

F RYA

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.

The Only Road

Alexandra Diaz

Realistic Fiction

F  DIA

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Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

Return to Sender

Julia Alvarez

Realistic Fiction

F ALV

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

Yes! We are Latinos

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

SC

ADA

A collection of stories about young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States

Baseball in April and other stories

 Gary Soto

SC SOT

A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.

Curveball

Julie Bowe

Sports Fiction

F BOW

Now that it is summer Victoria Torres and her friends have all signed up to play co-ed softball in their town's league, but soon things start to go wrong--her father is the coach of her team (the Chihuahuas), her friend Jenny is on a rival team, and worse of all her nemesis, bossy Annelise, is her teammate and competitor for the position of pitcher.

Taking Sides

Gary Soto

Sports Fiction

F SOT

Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.