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2011 Piñata Books for Young Adults Brochure

2011 Piñata Books for Young Adults Brochure

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Published by Arte Público Press
This brochure contains a complete listing of our books for young adults, including bilingual flip books for intermediate readers.
This brochure contains a complete listing of our books for young adults, including bilingual flip books for intermediate readers.

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A Good Long Way
René Saldaña, Jr.
Finalist,
ForeWord
Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Award 
The story of Beto’s decision to run away and drop out of school is told from shiftingperspectives in which the teen-age lives of Beto, Roel and Jessy are told in short,poignant scenes. Each one has a good long way to go in growing up. Roel fights theteachers’ assumptions that he’s like his brother Beto. Jessy’s teachers can’t see pasther tough-girl façade. And Beto . . . somewhere along the way he quit caring aboutschool. And his teachers have noticed and given up too.Author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. once again writes a fast-paced, thought-pro-voking novel that will engage young adults in questions about their own lives and re-sponsibilities to family, friends and most of all, to themselves.“A beautiful novel about a day in the lives of working class families. The teens thatinhabit this incredibly authentic story are flawed but dignified. This is an importantand honest work of art.” —Matt de la Peña, author of 
We Were Her
“Set in a Texas border town and peppered with Spanish phrases, [this] is an absorb-ing narrative of anger, guilt, sorrow and hope. The intense fights will grab readers,and so will the friendship and love. A great choice for readers’ theater.
Booklist 
October 30, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-55885-607-3, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $10.95 AR Quiz #142332 | ATOS English: 5 | ATOS IL: UG | Lexile Level: 780L
Nilda
Nicholasa MohrForeword by Alma Flor Ada
Recipient, Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, 1974 
Named an “Outstanding Book of the Year” by 
The New York Times 
and one of the“Best Books of the Year” by the American Library Association in 1973 when it wasfirst published, Nicholasa Mohr’s classic novel about life as an immigrant in NewYork City offers a poignant look at one young girl’s experiences. Issues of race, reli-gion and machismo are realistically and movingly depicted in this groundbreakingcoming-of-age novel.
Nilda 
is a singular achievement: powerful, unflinching, wise and a landmark inPuerto Rican diasporic literatures. One of the books that drove me to the page andthat inspires me to this day.—Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“What makes the book remarkable is the richness of detail and the aching sense of a child’s feelings. Sad, funny, fascinating and honest, it will appeal to adults as wellas children.
The New York Times Book Review 
March 31, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-55885-696-7, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $12.95 AR Quiz #35021 | ATOS English: 4.5 | ATOS IL: MG | Lexile Level: 660L
You Don’t Have a ClueLatino Mystery Stories for Teens
Sarah Cortez, Editor
The teens featured in these stories deal with situations typical to all young adults,including attraction and first sexual encounters, problems with family and friends,academic and personal aspirations. But they also deal with every kind of thrillingsituation imaginable, from kidnappings to dismembered bodies.Set in schools and communities from New York City to Venice Beach, California, theprotagonists reflect the breadth and diversity of the Latino authors included in thisinnovative collection. With an introduction by young adult literature expert Dr.James Blasingame of Arizona State University, this collection is sure to keep readerson the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.“Cortez complements her adult level
Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery 
(2009) with18 new tales (from a largely different set of Latino/Latina authors) featuring teencharacters and concerns. A consistent, well-crafted collection.
Kirkus Reviews 
 April 30, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-55885-692-9, Trade Paperback, Ages 11 and up, $16.95
The Monster in the Mattress and Other StoriesEl monstruo en el colchóny otros cuentos
Diane de AndaSpanish translation by Josué Gutiérrez González
“It’s a mystery to me,” is a common refrain heard in the six stories included in thisbilingual collection for young readers as children and their families are faced withmysteries in their daily lives. Abuela can’t understand why there are odd indenta-tions in her flour container. But it all becomes clear when her grandchildrens’ frograces feature very white frogs that are easily seen in the green grass! A boy—Mariothe Magnificent—delights in doing magic shows for his family. But one trick goes in-explicably awry when Pinky the hamster really disappears during the finale!Children take the lead in these amusing and entertaining stories as they try to solvemystifying puzzles that occur in day-to-day activities. Accompanied by line draw-ings, the conundrums—frequently involving pets and loving family members—aresure to grab the interest of early readers, whether reading the stories on their own orin the warmth of their parents’ laps.
 April 30, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-55885-693-6, Trade Paperback, Ages 6-9, $9.95
Piñata Books for Young Adults
Spring 2011
 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 11
 
New and Forthcoming Titles
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The Ruiz Street KidsLos muchachos de la calle Ruiz
Diane Gonzales BertrandSpanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Recipient, 2007 Skipping Stones Honor Award; Named to the 2007-2008 Tejas Star Book Award List; and Winner, 2007 International Latino Book Award—Best Young Adult Fiction-Bilingual 
Filled with humor and mystery, the Ruiz Street kids’ adventures unfold asthey try to understand the peculiar habits of a new kid on the block namedDavid.“Bertrand brings to life this working-class Southwestern neighborhood fullof large, struggling families. The characters are well developed and appeal-ing.”
—School Library Journal 
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 
This bilingual collection of short stories bubbles with feisty young charac-ters and celebrates strong relationships with friends, parents, teachers andfamily. These stories make even the ordinary problems of childhood ex-traordinary.“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 Catholic 
2005, ISBN: 978-1-55885-408-6, Trade Paperback, $9.95
Mi sueño de AméricaMy American Dream
Yuliana GallegosEnglish translation by Georgina Baeza
Young Yuliana Gallegos recalls her move from Monterrey, Mexico, to Hous-ton, Texas, and records the fear and anguish experienced by all immigrantchildren as they strive to adjust to a new language and culture. This bilin-gual memoir will encourage all kids to write their own stories.“Through a fresh perspective . . . [t]eachers and children who may have im-migrants in their classrooms will learn what a difference one caring personcan make to any newcomer . . . Recommended for all schools and libraries.”
—Críticas 
2007, ISBN: 978-1-55885-534-2, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #120117 | ATOS English: 4 | ATOS IL: MG
Rattling Chainsand Other Stories for ChildrenRuido de cadenas y otros cuentos para niños
Nasario García
In this bilingual collection, native New Mexican Nasario García writes thestories he heard as a child. Based on the oral tradition and superstitions of a previous generation, these stories will both entertain and provide insightto a time when people lived a more rural life and winged creatures flittedover the countryside.“[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
Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other StoriesKid Ciclón se enfrenta a El Diabloy 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
Scratch and the Pirates of Paradise Cove
Ricardo Means Ybarra
Rafi lives in a mobile home park with his father and his cat, Scratch. Oneday when Scratch goes missing, they set out to find him. But when theground begins to shake, they are thrust over a cliff and land on a huge, whitesail. Suddenly surrounded by strange characters, Rafi and his father try tofigure out what they have fallen into. And when things turn bad, Rafi mustface off against pirates to save his captured father and find a way home.In this swashbuckling tale, Means Ybarra cleverly weaves an exciting story with a young boy’s love for his family and friends. Young readers will bewhisked away on a high-seas adventure featuring pirates, cannon balls,treasure and a lucky cat named Scratch.
2008, ISBN: 978-1-55885-525-0, Trade Paperback, $9.95
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
barrio
. Based on oral tradition, thesespine-tingling tales feature witches, owls and other spooky creatures thathave been told in Spanish-speaking
barrios 
for generations. This collectionwill entertain and terrify a new generation of English- and Spanish-speak-ing children with the supernatural tales of the Hispanic community.
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.The real deal. Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen. But as Mickey begins his investigation, all clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriendas the primary suspects.“This book . . . offers multiple possibilities for school projects, group dis-cussions and read-aloud sessions. Villarroel’s well-crafted translation intoSpanish maintains the suspense and humor of the original English version,narrated by Mickey in fine, hard-boiled style.”
—Kirkus Reviews 
“Charming and fun. Do we need a Mexican-American EncyclopediaBrown? Yes . . . [this] is a page turner in English or Spanish.
—MultiCultural Review 
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
Books for Middle Readers, Ages 8-12
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Windows into My WorldLatino Youth Write Their Lives
Sarah Cortez, EditorIntroduction by Virgil Suárez
These short essays written by young men and women from various Latinobackgrounds reflect the diversity of growing up Latino in the United States.These illuminating pieces of memoir shine a light into the lives of youngHispanic adults.“This collection illuminates both the familiar coming-of-age experiencesthat transcend cultural differences and the moments that are unique to young Latinos in the States.
—School Library Journal 
2007, ISBN: 978-1-55885-482-6, Trade Paperback, $14.95
¡Aplauso! Hispanic Children’s Theater
 Joe Rosenberg
This noted director of the Bilingual Theater brings together a collection of critically acclaimed Hispanic plays for children in English, Spanish andbilingual formats.
1995, ISBN: 978-1-55885-127-6, Trade Paperback, $12.95
Teaching through CultureStrategies for Reading and Responding toYoung Adult Literature
 Joan Parker Webster
Joan Parker Webster provides instructors with the basic tools to teach youngadults Hispanic literature using selected texts.“Teachers should welcome this helpful guide that includes specific activi-ties that will require higher-order thinking, critical comparisons, cross-cur-ricular and community-based activities.
—VOYA
2002, ISBN: 978-1-55885-376-8, Trade Paperback, $16.95
Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest
Alfred AvilaEdited by Kat Avila
“These 21 Mexican folk tales . . . are uncommonly creepy. Short and punchy,these tales will be easy to book talk, and the relaxed, conversational tone of the text lends itself to reading and telling aloud.”
—Booklist 
1994, ISBN: 978-1-55885-107-8, Trade Paperback, $9.95
Firefly Summer
Pura Belpré
In this enchanting recreation of life in rural Puerto Rico at the turn of the20th century, a young student returns to her parents’ plantation and redis-covers the beauty, the music and the lore of the country folk.“A welcome addition to collections.”
—School Library Journal 
1996, ISBN: 978-1-55885-180-1, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35001 | ATOS English 5.4 | ATOS IL: MG
A Promise to Keep
Mario BencastroEnglish translation by Susan Giersbach-Rascón
Teenage Sergio has lived in Los Angeles since the age of six, when he im-migrated from Central America with his parents. But when his grandfa-ther’s last wish is to be buried in his native soil, Sergio goes back to ElSalvador on a mission fraught with unexpected disasters.
2005, ISBN: 978-1-55885-457-4, Trade Paperback, $9.95
Also available in Spanish as:
Viaje a la tierra del abuelo
Mario Bencastro
2004, ISBN: 978-1-55885-404-8, Trade Paperback, $9.95
Fitting In
Anilú Bernardo
Winner, 1997 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and the 1997 Skipping Stones Honor Award 
The spunky Cuban-American protagonists in this award-winning collec-tion of short stories navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami.“The stories do speak with a lively authentic accent about the angst of bi-cultural, female adolescence.”
—Booklist 
“[The stories] speak to the awkward dilemmas faced by children of immi-grant families and, in some fashion, by all teen-age girls.”
—Houston Chronicle 
2005, Second Edition, ISBN: 978-1-55885-437-6, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35022 | ATOS English: 4.2 | ATOS IL: MG | LEXILE: 670L
Also available in Spanish as:
Quedando bien
Anilú Bernardo
“[It] will bring a ray of hope to recent immigrant teenagers facing seem-ingly insurmountable problems such as fitting in to a new school or im-proving fluency in English.
—Críticas 
2006, ISBN: 978-1-55885-474-1, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35022 | ATOS Spanish: 4.2 | ATOS IL: MG
 Jumping Off to Freedom
Anilú Bernardo
Named to The New York Public Library’s 
Books for the Teen Age 1997
and Nominated to the ALA’s Annual List of Recommended Reading for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Quick Picks 1997 
A young man and his father journey from Cuba to Florida on a man-maderaft.“Survival story fans and readers looking for breathtaking action will not bedisappointed.”
—Booklist 
As librarians and teachers seek multicultural fiction to illuminate troublespots in the world, this title fits.
—School Library Journal 
1996, ISBN: 978-1-55885-088-0, Trade Paperback, $9.95 AR Quiz #35023 | ATOS English: 5.1 | ATOS IL: MG
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