Voices in First Person

Reflections on Latino Identity

Edited by Lori Marie Carlson / Illustrated by Flavio Morais / Photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
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About The Book

WANTING TO BELONG. WANTING TO GO HOME. LOVE. REGRET. FAMILY LEGENDS. DREAMS. REVENGE. ENGLISH. SPANISH.
This eclectic, gritty, and groundbreaking collection of short monologues features twenty-one of the most respected Latino authors writing today, including Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Esmeralda Santiago, and Gary Soto. Their fictional narratives give voice to what it's like to be a Latino teen in America. These voices are yearning. These voices are angry. These voices are, above all else, hopeful. These voices are America.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 2008)
  • Length: 96 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416906353
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

Raves and Reviews

"While Laura Amy Schlitz introduced younger readers to voices from a medieval village in her recent Newbery Medal winner, Carlson, editor of the bilingual poetry anthology Cool Salsa (rev. 11/94), returns here with a superb collection of contemporary voices from the Latino community. All the contributors are Latino, and a few, such as Gary Soto and Sandra Cisneros, should already be familiar to young adults. While there is quite a range of style and content in these vignettes, they all evince pride in a cultural heritage that celebrates faith and tradition, food and language, and the importance of family." -- Horn Book Magazine

Awards and Honors

  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Americas Award Commended Title

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