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Latino Books for High School Classes
|Although it's geared for college-level classrooms, naturally, we'd add Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature
to the list since it includes many of these great authors Like the
anthology, these books have been tested by people who matter the most--students.
|1) The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. There is a reason why this book is number one on many lists. Once you read it, you'll know why.|
|2) Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. We know the real reason it was banned from a few high schools, but if anything, that should encourage everyone to read this classic.|
|3) Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas. This book is about a Black Puerto Rican in New York and was one of the first to bring up race within Latino cultures.|
|4) Dreaming in Cuban. This novel has a creative style that might challenge some students but will enlighten all.|
|5) Living Up The Street by Gary Soto. Quite simply, Gary Soto is the best Latino author for young children and young adolescents.|
|6) In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This historical novel will help any student understand what it means to escape from a dictatorship.|
by Judith Ortiz Cofer. This book shows off this author's diverse
talents as she describes growing up Puerto Rican in New Jersey.
|8) Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire. It is hard to believe that this Cuban American Yale Professor had never written a creative, non-scholarly book before winning the National Book Award for this book.|
|9) ...y no se lo tragó la tierra / ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomas Rivera. This classic work helped define Chicano literature.|
|10) Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. To read this book is to get a true sense of what it means to be a migrant worker.|
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