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Judith Ortiz Cofer's Pura Belpré award-winning collection of short stories about life in the barrio!

Rita is exiled to Puerto Rico for a summer with her grandparents after her parents catch her with a boy. Luis sits atop a six-foot mountain of hubcaps in his father's junkyard, working off a sentence for breaking and entering. Sandra tries to reconcile her looks to the conventional Latino notion of beauty. And Arturo, different from his macho classmates, fantasizes about ...

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Overview


Judith Ortiz Cofer's Pura Belpré award-winning collection of short stories about life in the barrio!

Rita is exiled to Puerto Rico for a summer with her grandparents after her parents catch her with a boy. Luis sits atop a six-foot mountain of hubcaps in his father's junkyard, working off a sentence for breaking and entering. Sandra tries to reconcile her looks to the conventional Latino notion of beauty. And Arturo, different from his macho classmates, fantasizes about escaping his community. They are the teenagers of the barrio -- and this is their world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545131339
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants. She is the author of many distinguished titles for young adults such as, CALL ME MARIA, THE MEANING OF CONSEULO, SILENT DANCING: A PARTIAL REMEMBERANCE OD A PUERTO RICAN CHILDHOOD, and THE LINE IN THE SUN. She lives in Georgia where she is the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A LESSON LEARNED

    I WILL RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANY ONE TO READ BUT MOST OF ALL I WHOULD RECOMMEND A TEENAGE GIRL TO READ IT BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS FINDING OUR SELVES GETTING CAUGHT WITH A BOY OR TALKING TO A BOY AND PARENTS DO NOT ALLOW THAT. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT TEACH YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH BOY PROBLEMS WITH YOUR MOM AND OUR PARENTS ALL WAYS FIND THEIR WAY TOO MAKE US GO AWAY TO A FAMILY MEMBERS OR WE GET ON PUNISHMENT. THIS BOOK TAUGHT ME HOW TO DEAL WITH MANY SITUATIONS IN LIFE . I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT PARENTS IS ALL WAYS RIGHT.THANKS MR. DOHERTY I WHOULD NOT HAVE WRITTEN THIS WITHOUT YOUHOPE YOU GUYS LOVE MY REVIEWMARQUITA BEECHAM.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

    Life in a Puerto Rican barrio has its ups and downs. The community is close-knit, but the money is scarce.

    With bad influences in the forms of peers, pressure from boyfriends, and the loss of friends, things can get difficult. Each teen has their own way of dealing with things - and this is a book of their stories.

    An eye-opening collection of short stories that doesn't put rose-colored glasses on the reality of at-risk teenagers. The stories are believable and touching, the teens in the book are easy to relate to, and the author does a great job of painting the small-town barrio.

    Readers who like realistic fiction and books with stories told by teens will enjoy reading this book.

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