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2013 Piñata Books for Young Adults Brochure

2013 Piñata Books for Young Adults Brochure

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Published by Arte Público Press
This brochure contains a complete list of our books for teens and middle readers.
This brochure contains a complete list of our books for teens and middle readers.

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Published by: Arte Público Press on May 02, 2013


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A Mummy in Her BackpackUna momia en su mochila
 James LunaSpanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
When Flor returns from her family vacation in Mexico, she’s shocked to find amummy in her backpack! He introduces himself as Rafa, a mummy from the fa-mous museum in Guanajuato, who hitched a ride to the United States.But when Rafa realizes it’s almost the Day of the Dead, he longs to return home. Canshe get him there in time for the annual celebration honoring deceased loved ones?“Luna moves the story at a nice clip. An inocuous Halloween and Day of the Deadbook for readers who prefer to skip scarier fare.
Kirkus Reviews 
October 30, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-55885-756-8, Trade Paperback, Ages 8-12, $9.95
Feminist and AbolitionistThe Story of Emilia Casanova
Virginia Sánchez-Korrol
When asked to deliver contraband papers to her native island home of Cuba in 1852,Emilia Casanova gulped audibly in a most unladylike manner. This was her chanceto be in the thick of the rebellion against Spanish authority. Even though she wouldbe branded a traitor if caught, she pushed her fear aside and accepted the mission.Raised in an elite, slave-holding Cuban family, Emilia Casanova spent most of heradult life in New York, where she worked passionately for Cuba’s freedom from Spainand the black man’s freedom from slavery. She created the first women’s political or-ganization dedicated to supporting the rebel cause during Cuba’s Ten Years War.“A finely detailed historical novel that sticks closely to the facts of this little-knownLatin American activist.”
Kirkus Reviews 
 April 30, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-55885-765-0, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $12.95
The Witches of Ruidoso
 John Sandoval
At the end of the nineteenth century, in the territory that would become New Mex-ico, young Elijah and Beth Delilah become constant companions. They roam theancient country, where the mountain looms and reminds them of their insignifi-cance, and observe the eccentric characters in the village: Mr. Blackwater, known as“No Leg Dancer” by the Apaches; their friend, Two Feather, a Mescalero Apache boy;and Señora Roja, who everyone believes is a
, or witch.Together, Elijah and Beth Delilah come of age in a land of mountains and ravens,where good and evil vie for the souls of whites, Hispanics and Indians alike.
 April 30, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-55885-766-7, Trade Paperback, Ages 14 and up, $12.95
Body Slammed!
Ray Villareal
Jesse Baron feels like he’s living his life on the sidelines. When he befriends TJ Mas-ters, a brash, new wrestling talent, his life takes a sharp turn. But will he listen whenfamily and friends warn him about hanging out with someone who’s often reckless?“This stand-alone sequel to
My Father, the Angel of Death 
tells a believeable story about a young man’s coming-of-age and the choices he must make. The materialabout professional wrestling will be of special interest to [male] readers.”
“A San Antonio teenager hooks up with a fast-living pro wrestler and discovers thedownside of hanging out with risky companions.
Kirkus Reviews 
2012, ISBN: 978-1-55885-749-0, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $11.95
Dancing with the Devil and Other Tales from BeyondBailando con el diabloy otros cuentos del más allá
René Saldaña, Jr.Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
In this collection of stories based on Mexican-American lore, author and educatorRené Saldaña, Jr. spins age-old tales with a contemporary twist. Set in the author’snative South Texas, these are contemporary versions of the stories parents have toldtheir children for generations to discourage bad behavior.“Smartly written, Saldaña crafts vivid characters through his well-paced plots andcharming, spine-tingling narrations. [He] faithfully gives new life to the spooky folk-lore of the South and makes the tales fresh for today’s adolescent readers, who may be left wondering what other creatures lurk in the night.
2012, ISBN: 978-1-55885-744-5, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $9.95
Animal Jamboree: Latino FolktalesLa fiesta de los animales: leyendas latinas
 Judith Ortiz CoferSpanish translation by Natalia Rosales-Yeomans
Named to the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award list 
An assortment of animals parade through these entertaining tales. Adapted by cel-ebrated author Judith Ortiz Cofer, these Puerto Rican folktales will delight youngreaders, whether they’re reading alone or with their favorite adult. Available in bothEnglish and Spanish, these stories featuring a variety of animals share lessons thatwill appeal to kids who enjoy animals and storytelling!
2012, ISBN: 978-1-55885-743-8, Trade Paperback, Ages 8-12, $9.95
Piñata Books for Young Adults
Spring 2013
 Are Full of Surprises!
Dedicated to the publication of young adult literature that authentically andrealistically portrays themes, characters and customs unique to U.S. Hispanic culture
Ref. PF 13
New and Forthcoming Titles
 U pda ted Co ve r !
The Ruiz Street KidsLos muchachos de la calle Ruiz
Diane Gonzales BertrandSpanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Recipient, 2007 Skipping Stones Honor Award; Finalist, 2007-2008 Tejas Star Book Award list; and Winner, 2007 International Latino Book Award—Best YA Fiction 
The adventures of the Ruiz Street kids are sure to entertain as they try to fig-ure out what to do about a peculiar new kid on the block.“This book . . . offers humor and entertainment while subtly teaching valu-able lessons about gossiping, bullying and not judging others too quickly.
—Review of Texas Books 
2006, ISBN: 978-1-55885-321-8, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #113860 | ATOS English: 3.7 | ATOS Spanish: 3.8 | ATOS IL: MG
Upside Down and BackwardsDe cabeza y al revés
Diane Gonzales BertrandSpanish translation by Karina HernándezLine drawings by Pauline Rodriguez Howard
Special Recognition, 2005 Paterson Prize for Young People and Finalist,2005 Teddy Children’s Book Award 
“Young readers will easily identify with the humorous tales of family lifethat celebrate strong relationships . . . Whatever side (or direction) youchoose to read, [this] is a book worth picking up.”
—Today’s Catholi
2005, ISBN: 978-1-55885-408-6, Trade Paperback, $9.95
Mi sueño de AméricaMy American Dream
Yuliana GallegosEnglish translation by Georgina Baeza
“In this autobiographical story, nine-year-old Yuli has moved to Houstonfrom Mexico . . . Teachers and children who may have immigrants in theirclassrooms will learn what a difference one caring person can make to any newcomer . . . Recommended for all schools and libraries.
2007, ISBN: 978-1-55885-534-2, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #120117 | ATOS English: 4 | ATOS Spanish: 3.6 | ATOS IL: MG
The Monster in the Mattress and Other StoriesEl monstruo en el colchón y otros cuentos
Diane de AndaSpanish translation by Josué Gutiérrez González
Named to the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award list 
Children take the lead in these amusing and entertaining stories as they try to solve mystifying puzzles that occur in day-to-day activities.
2011, ISBN: 978-1-55885-693-6, Trade Paperback, Ages 6-9, $9.95 AR Quiz #1448621 | ATOS English: 4.7 | ATOS Spanish: 4.9 | ATOS IL: MG
Rattling Chains and Other Stories for ChildrenRuido de cadenas y otros cuentos para niños
Nasario García
The spine-tingling stories in this bilingual collection will introduce youngreaders to the superstition-filled folklore of New Mexico.“[An] endearing bilingual collection of tales that will be sure to interest young readers.
—Albuquerque Journal 
2009, ISBN: 978-1-55885-544-1, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #152610 | ATOS English: 4.9 | ATOS Spanish: 4.3 | ATOS IL: MG
Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other StoriesKid Ciclón se enfrenta a El Diablo y otras historias
Xavier GarzaSpanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Named to the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award list 
Popular kids’ book author Xavier Garza returns with another collection of stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore.Accompanied by the author’s striking illustrations of the creepy creatures,the hair-raising stories in this collection are sure to lure even the most re-luctant readers into its pages.
2010, ISBN: 978-1-55885-599-1, Trade Paperback, $10.95
Brujas, lechuzas y espantosWitches, Owls and Spooks
Alonso M. PeralesEnglish translation by John Pluecker
The five stories in this bilingual collection introduce intermediate readersto the superstition-filled folklore of the
. Based on oral tradition, thesechilling tales feature witches, owls and other spooky creatures that havebeen told in Spanish-speaking
for generations.
2008, ISBN: 978-1-55885-512-0, Trade Paperback, $9.95
The Case of the Pen Gone Missing:
A Mickey Rangel Mystery
El caso de la pluma perdida:
Colección Mickey Rangel, detective privado
René Saldaña, Jr.Spanish translation by Carolina Villarroel
Named to the 2010-2011 Tejas Star Book Award list 
When Toots approaches Mickey on the playground, he knows something isup. Toots has come to Mickey because she’s in trouble, and he’s a detective.Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen. But as Mickey investigates, allclues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects.“Mickey Rangel, a sweet, intuitive and smart fifth-grader, faces the chal-lenges of his first case as an amateur detective. . . . [The] well-crafted trans-lation maintains the suspense and humor of the original English version,narrated by Mickey in fine, hard-boiled style.
—Kirkus Reviews 
2009, ISBN: 978-1-55885-555-7, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #134033 | ATOS English: 4.7 | ATOS Spanish: 4.9 | ATOS IL: MG | LEXILE: 770L
The Lemon Tree Caper:A Mickey Rangel MysteryLa intriga del limonero:Colección Mickey Rangel, detective privado
René Saldaña, Jr.
Named to the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award list 
“Missing fish? Missing lemons? Sounds like a job for the great Mickey Rangel, Private Detective. . . . This brisk novella in English and Spanish of-fers two nifty whodunits for young mystery lovers.
Kirkus Reviews 
“This fast paced fun mystery has enough punch, spice, kick and unpre-dictability to keep interest high and pages turning.
Midwest Book Review 
2011, ISBN: 978-1-55885-709-4, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #150745 | ATOS English: 5.5 | ATOS Spanish: 5.8 | ATOS IL: MG
Bilingual Chapter Books for Middle Readers, Ages 8-12
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Alicia’s Treasure
Diane Gonzales Bertrand
“Alicia’s account of her experience brims with the bracing flavors of thebeach and the immediacy of each moment as it rolls in like a wave andbreaks upon her.
1996, ISBN: 978-1-55885-086-6, Trade Paperback, $7.95 AR Quiz #34990 | ATOS English: 3.9 | ATOS IL: MG | LEXILE: 620L
The Ice Dove and Other Stories
Diane de Anda
This poignant collection of stories celebrates the importance of each per-son’s unique talents. The young protagonists gain the respect of others by sharing the fruits of their individuality.“In four strongly upbeat stories, Hispanic American children find strengthin their loving extended families...children will enjoy the warm celebra-tion of cultures.”
1997, ISBN: 978-1-55885-189-4, Trade Paperback, $7.95 AR Quiz #35011 | ATOS English: 5.3 | ATOS IL: MG
The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories
Diane de Anda
The title story of this entertaining collection is a tale of nature in conflictwith modern life. Must we give up the magic of wilderness to live in thecities and suburbs? All of de Anda’s tales, in fact, are parables of pain and joy, disappointment and celebration.“De Anda’s young characters bask in the warmth of family and commu-nity; they grow in beauty and confidence with the love and careful nurtur-ing that they receive.
MultiCultural Review 
1999, ISBN: 978-1-55885-278-5, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35016 | ATOS English: 5.5 | ATOS IL: MG
Call Me Consuelo
Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
Named to The New York Public Library’s 
Books for the Teen Age 1999
Intrigue and danger weave a web around young Consuelo as she is thrustinto a new life in unfamiliar surroundings and an exciting mystery thatbegs to be solved.A satisfying adventure story for all young people.
School Library Journal 
1997, ISBN: 978-1-55885-187-0, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35009 | ATOS English: 3.7 | ATOS IL: MG
Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys
Xavier Garza
This collection curdles with the creepy and crawling characters of tradi-tional folklore.“Garza breathes new life into such familiar figures as
el duende 
la llorona 
. . . Adults should seize this opportunity for families to come to-gether in the spirit of good old-fashioned storytelling.
El Paso Times 
2004, ISBN: 978-1-55885-410-9, Trade Paperback, $9.95
The Trouble with Tessa
Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
Convinced that she has the magic touch, Tessa sets off to resolve the prob-lems in her life with a few handy spells. But when she casts a spell that shewishes she could take back, Tessa fears that her secret powers are spinningout of control.“This book features a likable, spunky heroine of Mexican descent who issurrounded by a well-drawn cast of family and friends.”
School Library Journal 
1997, ISBN: 978-1-55885-448-2, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #88862 | ATOS English: 4.1 | ATOS IL: MG
Scratch and the Pirates of Paradise Cove
Ricardo Means Ybarra
Rafi lives in a mobile home park called Paradise Cove with his father andfavorite cat, Scratch. One day Scratch goes missing and Rafi and his fatherset out to find him. But when the ground begins to shake, they are thrustover a clift and land on a huge, white sail. Suddenly surrounded by strangecharacters, Rafi and his father try to figure out the bewildering situationthey have fallen into. When things turn bad, Rafi is forced to face off againstthe pirates to save his captured father and figure out a way to get home.In this swashbuckling tale, Means Ybarra weaves an exciting story with a young boy’s love for his family and friends. Young readers will be whiskedaway on a high-seas adventure featuring pirates, cannon balls, treasure anda lucky cat named Scratch.
2008, ISBN: 978-1-55885-525-0, Trade Paperback, $9.95
English-language Books for Middle Readers, Ages 8-12
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