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Dorros, Arthur

While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Abuela.

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Across the bay

Aponte, Carlos

Carlitos lives in a happy home with his mother, his abuela, and Coco the cat. Life in his hometown is cozy as can be, but the call of the capital city pulls Carlitos across the bay in search of his father.

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Alma and how she got her name

Martinez-Neal, Juana

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Also available in Spanish digitally from Hoopla, under Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre.

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Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln

Engle, Margarita

Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.

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Morales, Yuyi

A stunningly, illustrated autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Soñadores.

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I know the river loves me = Yo sé que el río me ama

Gonzalez, Maya Christina

A girl expresses her love of the river that she visits, plays in, and cares for throughout the year.

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Herrera, Juan Felipe

In an autobiographical poem in prose, the former United States Poet Laureate recalls his early years as the son of migrant farm workers, his schooldays, and his career, and assures readers that if he could, they can imagine a different life.

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Imagina.

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Díaz, Junot

Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding herown heritage

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de la Peña, Matt

Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.

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Mango, Abuela, and me

Medina, Meg

When Mia's Abuela comes to live with Mia and her family, she helps her learn English while Mia learns Spanish, both with the help of a parrot named Mango.

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My papi has a motorcycle

Quintero, Isabel

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her

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Not a bean

Martínez, Claudia Guadalupe

An introduction to the Mexican jumping bean explains how the seed pod acts as shelter and food for a caterpillar until it emerges as a moth, and encourages readers to count from one to ten and practice Spanish vocabulary as they follow its course.

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The princess and the warrior / A Tale of Two Volcanoes

Tonatiuh, Duncan

Today two majestic volcanoes—Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl—stand overlooking Mexico City. They have been admired and revered for countless generations, and have formed the basis of many origin and creation myths. In The Princess and the Warrior, award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh retells one of Mexico’s cherished legends.

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Turning pages : my life story

Sotomayor, Sonia,

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells her own story for young readers for the very first time! As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility.

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Pasando Páginas : La historia de mi vida.

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Where are you from?

Méndez, Yamile Saied

When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects.

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Where wonder grows

Gonzaalez, Xelena

Three girls follow their grandmother into her garden, where they examine her collection of rocks, crystals, shells, and meteorites and learn about the marvels they reveal.

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With lots of love

Torres Sanchez, Jenny author.

Rocio and her family move from Central America to the United States, leaving behind their extended family and many happy memories, but Rocio's Abuela finds a way to send her something special for her birthday.

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Con Mucho Amor.

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¡Vamos! Let’s go to the market

Raúl the Third

Little Lobo, a Mexican American, and Bernabe, his dog, deliver supplies to vendors at the Mercado, a busy border town market. Spanish words and phrases are used throughout English text.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Two characters stand back-to-back, as though engaged in an argument. A third skeleton figure, stands in front of a sun, having seemingly risen from the dead.
Cemetery boys

Thomas, Aiden author.

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

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Maendez, Yamile Saied

Seventeen-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with Diego.

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I lived on Butterfly Hill

Agosín, Marjorie

When her beloved country, Chile, is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government, Celeste is sent to America for her safety and her parents must go into hiding before they "disappear."

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Merci Suarez changes gears

Medina, Meg

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.

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Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo. A frazzled-looking girl with shoulder-length hair and large, red cat-eye glasses stands wearing a large pink dress with a full skirt. She's wearing black tennis shoes. There are party elements in the background of the image.
Miss Quinces

Fajardo, Kat author, artist.

A funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about navigating the expectations of family and cultural tradition. Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue's mother announces that they'll be having a surprise quincean̳era for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can't imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this "quality" time with her rambunctious family?

Also available in Spanish in our Youth International Languages collection, under Srta. Quinces.

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Pilar Ramirez and the escape from Zafa

Randall, Julian

While doing research for her documentary about her cousin Natasha--who disappeared in the Dominican Republic fifty years ago during the Trujillato--twelve-year-old Pilar Violeta Ramirez is transported to Zafa, an island where Dominican myths and legends come to life and where her cousin is being held captive in a sinister magical prison, and Pilar must defeat the Dominican bogeyman if she hopes to free Natasha and return home to Chicago.

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Sal & Gabi break the universe

Hernandez, Carlos Alberto

In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things--and people--from other universes.

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Santiago’s road home

Diaz, Alexandra

Fleeing abusive relatives and extreme poverty in Mexico, young Santiago endures being detained by ICE while crossing the border into the United States.

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Somewhere between bitter and sweet

Kemp, Laekan Zea

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.

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The first rule of punk

Pérez, Celia C.

Twelve-year-old MarÔia Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called MalÔu) 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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The last cuentista

Higuera, Donna Barba author.

A girl named Petra Pena wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard - or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

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Maldonado, Torrey

After his quick-tempered father gets in a fight and is sent back to jail, sixth-grader Bryan, known for being quiet and thoughtful, snaps and follows new friend Mike into trouble.

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Tumble by Celia C. Perez. The book cover is the smiling face of a girl wearing a brightly-colored wrestling mask. The mask has roses, stars, and a blue ombre background.

Paerez, Celia C., author.

Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramairez reaches out to her estranged biological father--who is in the midst of a career comeback as a luchador--and the eccentric extended family of wrestlers she has never met, bringing Adela closer to understanding the expansive definition of family.

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Valentina Salazar is not a monster hunter

Caordova, Zoraida

Eleven-and-a-half-year-old Valentina Salazar grew up as a monster protector until her father's loss, but when a video of a mythical egg appears, Valentina convinces her older brother and sister to help her find and save it--all while avoiding the monster hunters who want to destroy it.

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Woven in moonlight

Ibañez, Isabel

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena's motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight. When Atoc demands the real Condesa's hand in marriage, it's Ximena's duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc's no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristocrata to their rightful place

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