First Person Fiction: Call Me Maria (First Person Fiction)

Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.

Voices In First Person: Reflections On Latino Identity

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. Thesevoices are, above all else, hopeful. These voices are America.

Diego: Bigger Than Life

Diego Rivera’s energy, physique, love for women, and work were all “bigger than life.” Born in a small Mexican mining town in 1886,he drew his way through childhood, entered art school at ageten, and later traveled throughout Europe, studying the great masters andimitating their techniques. When he returned to Mexico in 1921, he foundhis own unique style. He began painting the poetry of the common people –working, suffering, fighting, seeking joy, living, and dying — on thewalls of public buildings. His murals were passionate, controversial, political,and enormous — like the painter himself.

Troy Thompson’s Excellent Peotry Book

Troy Thompson’s Excellent Peotry Book follows Troy Thompson, a Grade 6 student, in his efforts to understand the art of peotry (poetry). It’s a rocky but endlessly amusing road for Troy, as he stumbles over the Japanese form of ‘Haiku’, the ballad, the limerick and the sonnet. At the end of the year, Troy’s poetry has well and truly improved and his respect for Ms Kranke, his teacher, has grown too! Troy Thompson’s Excellent Peotry Book is a highly entertaining introduction to poetry for school children, which can be read as a narrative as well as an easy-to-follow classroom guide for teachers. It is divided into assignments for the reader to follow and participate in and is peppered by Troy’s doodles and margin comments to his teacher, sure to produce many laughs. Ms Kranke obviously has quite a soft spot for this cheeky young student, and encourages him on his way, whether writing of his love for his school sweetheart, Kylie, or revealing the heroic and moving death of his policeman father.