These books are guaranteed to appeal to high school students as they represent an array of experiences. Infuse them into your courses.
1) We know the real reason it was banned from a few high schools, but if anything, that should encourage everyone to read Bless Me, Ultima, a classic.
2) 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.
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 Latinx cultures.
4) Dreaming in Cuban. This novel has a creative style that might challenge some students but will enlighten all.
6) Drown is a classic by the Pulitzer-Prize Winner, Junot Diaz. The language might not be what some high schools are looking for, but if they are looking for solid writing, this is it.
7) Silent Dancing by Judith Ortiz Cofer. This book shows off this author’s diverse talents as she describes growing up Puerto Rican in New Jersey. This book is not as well-known as the other works on this list, yet its storytelling and poetry are powerful.
8) 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.
9) Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X will appeal to all high school students. Yes, it addresses gender and race, but just as importantly, it addresses empowerment.
10) Erika L. Sanchez’s coming of age story, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is sure to appeal to high school readers. It approaches serious topics with sensitive and effective humor.