Wednesday, June 04, 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks-- Hispanic Concerns

There are lots and lots of lists out there, but it seems that for  #WeNeedDiverseBooks, it's hard to find things to read. This is often because there is no really reliable way to search library catalogs for fiction with a cultural context. Here are books, published since 2000, that have a focus on Hispanic culture. Keep in mind that I, personally, am as European/Germanic American as they come, and this list was thrown together a bit quickly.

Also, if you're stocking up for Mother Reader's 48 Hour Book Challenge and have access to Netgalley or Edelweiss, these titles seem to have culture contexts. They are on my TBR:
Netgalley: Manhunt, Fire Wish, Family Fletcher, and Bridge. At Edelweiss, they prefer librarians to bloggers (go figure), so put that in your profile if applicable, and you can try to get School for Spies #2, Pig Park, Felony Bay #2, Jasmine Skies, Contract, and Meyers' On a Clear Day.

Ada, Alma Flor. Dancing Home (2011) Mexican Americans
Adler, Emily. Fifteen Candles (2010) Puerto Rican Americans
*Agosin, Marjorie. How I Lived on Butterfly Hill. (2014) Chile
Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Stay (2001)
Bacigalupi, Paolo.Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013) Hispanic Americans, East Indian Americans
Cervantes, Angela. Gaby, Lost and Found (2013) Honduran American
Chambers, Veronica. Fifteen Candles (2010)
*Conklin, Winifred. Syvlia and Aki (2012) Mexican Americans/Japanese
Corbet, Sue. Free Baseball (2006) Cuban American
Engle, Margarita. Mountain Dog (2013)
Fontes, Justine. Benito Runs (2011) Hispanic Americans
Gallagher, Diana G. Claudia Cristina Cortez (series, 2009)
Garcia, Cristina. I Wanna Be Your Shoebox (2008) Jewish, Japanese, Latina
Hobbs, Will. Crossing the Wire. (2008) Illegal immigration, Mexico
Lopez, Diana. Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (2013)
Lopez, Diana. Confetti Girl (2009)
Lynch, Janet Nichols. Messed Up (2009). Hispanic Americans
Lupica, Mike. Heat. Cuban Americans
Lupica, Mike. Long Shot: A Comeback Kids Novel (2008)Mexican Americans
McClain, Lee. Sizzle (2011) Mexican Americans
Nelson, Suzanne Marie. Heart and Salsa (2006) Mexico
Osa, Nancy. Cuba 15 (2003) Cuban Americans
Pfeffer, Susan Beth. The Dead and the Gone. Puerto Rican American
Price, Charlie. Desert Angel (2011) Mexican Americans, YA
Resau, Laura. The Jade Notebook. (2011) Mexico
Restrepo, Bettina. Illegal. (2011) Illegal immigration, Mexico
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon (2004) Mexican Americans
*Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. (2002)
Soto, Gary. Marisol (2005)
Triana, Gaby. Cubanita (2005)
*Tipp, Valerie. Josefina (American Girl series)
Vigilante, Danette. The Trouble With Half a Moon (2011) Puerto Ricans, Jamaicans
Vigilante, Danette. Saving Baby Doe (2014)

*Historical Novel


  1. Thanks for the list! (I am curious about I Wanna Be Your Shoebox.)

  2. Interesting list. I haven't heard of most of these. I'd better get reading!!