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  Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept)  

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year to honor the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México and Chile. Hispanic Americans also include those with South American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican origins.  It is a time for all Hispanic Americans, our largest and fastest growing community, to celebrate their culture!

In honor of this month, here is list of books, websites, and videos that will help you learn more about Hispanic American history and culture. This includes juvenile fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction and nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, DVDs, and websites.  All books and videos are available at the Norfolk Public Library.

Adult Fiction

The following selected fiction includes titles by award winning authors, recent best sellers, novels that are acclaimed, or titles that provide important insight into the history of Hispanic Heritage.

Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel

Jennine Capó Crucet · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceLonglisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel PrizeNamed a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men's JournalThe arresting debut novel from award-winning writer...
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Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul

Bryan Allen Fierro · The University of Arizona Press
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

Two brothers bury a statue of Saint Jude for their grieving nana. A Griffith Park astronomer makes his own discovery at an East L.A. wedding. A young man springs his Cherokee-obsessed grandfather from the confines of senility. The common thread? Each is weaving their way through the challenging...
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Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés · Ig Publishing
Format: Print book

When is your culture bad for you? That is the question that weaves its way through Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You, a startling collection chronicling the lives of Cuban Americans from WWII-era Havana to contemporary times in "el norte." Whether they inhabit blue collar neighborhoods...
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Pierced by the Sun

Laura Esquivel · Amazon Publishing
Pages: 216
Format: Print book

Lupita's hard-knock life has gotten the better of her time and time again. A childhood robbed of innocence set off a chain of events that she still has not managed to control, no matter how hard she tries. Every time she thinks she has a handle on things, unexpected turns make her question...

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz · Riverhead Books
Pages: 339
Format: Paperback

Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year


One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York...

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This Is How You Lose Her

Junot Díaz · Riverhead Books
Pages: 217
Format: Print book

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz's first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with "the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek) . His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year"...
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Barrio Boy: With Connections

Ernesto Galarza

Since it was first published in 1971, Galarza's classic work has been assigned in high school and undergraduate classrooms across the country, profoundly affecting thousands of students who read this true story of acculturation into American life.
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The Gods of Tango: A novel

Carolina De Robertis · Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

"February 1913. Seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father's cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom...
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The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel

Cristina Henríquez · Random House Inc
Pages: 285
Format: Hardcover

"A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page."...
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The House of the Spirits (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)

Isabel Allende · Everyman's Library
Pages: 488
Format: Hardcover

(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Chilean writer Isabel Allende’s classic novel is both a richly symbolic family saga and the riveting story of an unnamed Latin American country’s turbulent history.In a triumph of magic realism, Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills...
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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros · Vintage
Format: Paperback

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes...
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In the Time of the Butterflies

Julia Alvarez · Algonquin Books; 1st edition
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover

An ALA Notable Book. Julia Alvarez's eagerly awaited second novel is a powerful story of courage, innocence, and political martyrdom in the Hispanic Caribbean. Based on actual events--the death of three sisters on November 25, 1960--the novel immerses us in an epoch in the life of the Dominican...
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Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo A Anaya · Warner Books
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback

Stories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose. Acclaimed in both Spanish and English, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic...
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The Ladies of Managua: A Novel

Eleni N. Gage · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather's funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother's past-and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin, once a storied revolutionary,...
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Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel · DOUBLEDAY.
Pages: 241
Format: Paperback

great first novel
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One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez · Harper Perennial
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town...

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Adult Nonfiction

The following list is selected nonfiction by award winning authors, recent best sellers, titles that are acclaimed, or titles that provide important insight to the history of Hispanic heritage and culture.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover


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Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph

Mickey Ibarra · Arte Publico Pr
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback

"People do not define you," Soledad O'Brien's Cuban mother repeatedly told her children. "You define yourself." And so this mixed-race, first-generation Latina American would go on to succeed in her field, ultimately becoming an anchor for CNN. O'Brien's...
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Che, My Brother

Juan Martin Guevara · Polity
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

On 9 October 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara, Marxist guerrilla leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, was captured and executed by Bolivian forces. When the Guevara family learned from the front pages that Che was dead, they decided to say nothing. Fifty years on, his younger brother, Juan...
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Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Melissa Castillo-Garsow · Arte Publico Pr
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback

"We defy translation," Sandra Maria Esteves writes. "Nameless/we are a whole culture/once removed." She is half Dominican, half Puerto Rican, with indigenous and African blood, born in the Bronx. Like so many of the contributors, she is a blend of cultures, histories...
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A New America: How Music Reshaped the Culture and Future of a Nation and Redefined My Life

Tommy Mottola · New American Library
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

The long-anticipated companion book to the groundbreaking HBO documentary The Latin Explosion by renowned music producer Tommy Mottola.

Legendary music mogul, entertainment impresario, and New York Times bestselling author Tommy Mottola explores and expounds...
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Take a stand : lessons from rebels

Jorge Ramos · Celebra
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

"People ask if I am a journalist or an activist. The truth is that I am just a journalist who asks questions, but one who does in fact take a stand." - Jorge Ramos

After 30 fascinating years uncovering the hard truth, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos opens...
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Mexico - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Russell Maddicks · Kuperard
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback

Culture Smart! Mexico takes you to the heart of Mexican society. It describes how people socialize and meet members of the opposite sex, the dynamics of daily life, the central importance of family, and the annual cycle of Catholic feasts and fiestas. For business travelers there...
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Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: Poems

Martín Espada · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 96
Format: Print book

Award-winning poet Martín Espada gives voice to the spirit of endurance in the face of loss.In this powerful new collection of poems, Martín Espada articulates the transcendent vision of another, possible world. He invokes the words of Whitman in "Vivas to Those Who Have Failed,"...
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How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

Andrs Neuman
Format: Print book

A kaleidoscopic, fast-paced tour of Latin America from one of the Spanish-speaking world's most outstanding writers.

Lamenting not having more time to get to know each of the nineteen countries he visits after winning the prestigious Premio Alfaguara, Andrés Neuman b
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Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories

Fany Gerson · Ten Speed Press
Pages: 180
Format: Hardcover

A collection of 60+ flavor-packed recipes for ice creams and frozen treats rooted in Mexico's rich and revered ice cream traditions.

This new offering from the incredibly popular baker and sweets maker Fany Gerson, the powerhouse behind Brooklyn's La Newyorkina and Dough,...
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Healthy Latin Eating: Our Favorite Family Recipes Remixed

Angie Martinez · Kyle Books
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

In this exciting, one-of-a-kind cookbook, radio and TV personality Angie Martinez and acclaimed chef Angelo Sosa join together to offer you over 100 innovative and delicious recipes that blend the art of Latin cooking with healthy eating. Based on the sexy, spicy, and satisfying foods they...
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Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda

Pablo Neruda · Copper Canyon Press
Pages: 165
Format: Hardcover

Featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."

"A literary event of universal importance." - The Guardian

"The earliest poem in the collection dates to 1956, and several are love poems, a form Neruda was famous for." - The New York...

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Frida Kahlo at Home

Suzanne Barbezat · Frances Lincoln
Pages: 173
Format: Hardcover

Frida Kahlo at Home explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, La Casa Azul and other places Frida Kahlo called home, on her life and work.
La Casa Azul, now one of the most visited museums in Mexico City, was the artist's birthplace and the home where she grew...
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My First Life

Hugo Chávez Frías · Verso
Pages: 490
Format: Hardcover

Hugo Chávez's extraordinary story - in his own words

Hugo Chávez, military officer turned left-wing revolutionary, was one of the most important Latin American leaders of the twenty-first century. This book tells the story of his life up to his election as president...
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Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia

Christine Stoddard · Arcadia Publishing
Pages: 143
Format: Paperback

Long before the adventures of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, Spanish ships reached Virginia's shore. In the centuries that followed, Hispanics and Latinos settled in Virginia to seek new opportunities away from home. The 1980s saw the beginnings of el Nuevo Sur, or the New South, as Virginia's...
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Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

Jonathan Wilson · Nation Books
Pages: 411
Format: Paperback

The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stéfano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths....
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The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement

Jose Orduna · Beacon Press
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback

Tracing his story of becoming a US citizen, José Orduña's memoir explores the complex issues of immigration and assimilation.

José Orduña chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States. Intractable realities - rooted in the continuity...
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Looking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry

William Luis
Format: Paperback

The poems included in this comprehensive anthology run the gamut of styles and themes, but all are by Latinos writing from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Some deal with issues specific to the Hispanic experience, such as displacement, identity and language. Others ponde
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The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

Richard Blanco · Ecco
Format: Hardcover

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.Richard...
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The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

Miriam Pawel · Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 548
Format: Book

Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history....

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A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

Daisy Hernandez · Beacon Press
Format: Hardcover

A coming-of-age memoir by a Colombian-Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life  In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. Her mother warns her about...
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Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Juan Gonzalez · Penguin Books; Revised edition
Format: Book

A sweeping history of the Latino experience in the United States- thoroughly revised and updated. The first new edition in ten years of this important study of Latinos in U.S. history, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries-from the first New World colonies to the first decade of the new millennium....
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The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Mario T García
Format: Book

Latinos are already the largest minority group in the United States, and experts estimate that by 2050, one out of three Americans will identify as Latino. Though their population and influence are steadily rising, stereotypes and misconceptions about Latinos remain, from the assu
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Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers

Idelisse Malavé · The New Press
Format: Book

At a time when politics is seemingly ruled by ideology and emotion and when immigration is one of the most contentious topics, it is more important than ever to cut through the rhetoric and highlight, in numbers, the reality of the broad spectrum of Latino life in the United States. Latinos...
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Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty

Bengie Molina · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

New York Times Bestseller "It's this year's baseball book most likely to be made into a terrific movie." - The Chicago Tribune "Affecting...A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A baseball...
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My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor · Knopf; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey...
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Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

Felipe Fernández-Armesto · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 402
Format: Hardcover

An eminent scholar finds a new American history in the Hispanic past of our diverse nation. The United States is still typically conceived of as an offshoot of England, with our history unfolding east to west beginning with the first English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the significance...
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Rita Moreno: A Memoir

Rita Moreno
Format: Print book

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend - and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

Born
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Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill

Luis Guti?rrez · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America’s most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia...
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Juvenile Fiction

The following selected fiction is to educate young people about Hispanic heritage and culture through contemporary and historical fiction novels by award winning authors, recent best sellers, novels that are acclaimed, or titles that provide important insight to the history of the Hispanic heritage and culture.

Rainbow Weaver: Tejedora del Arcoiris

Linda Elovitz · Children's Book Press
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Ixchel wants to follow in the long tradition of weaving on backstrap looms, just as her mother, grandmother, and most Mayan women have done for more than two thousand years. But Ixchel's mother is too busy preparing her weavings for market. If they bring a good price, they will have...

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Gum Luck

Rhode Montijo · Harpercollins
Format: Hardcover

Gabby Gomez's love of bubble gum has resulted in her becoming Gum Girl! With her new powers Gabby can save the day, but keeping her gummy alter-ego a secret is another matter altogether. Will she tell her parents who she is at the expense of admitting she disobeyed her mother's...
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Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream

Monica Brown

The Levines are jetting off on a family vacation to Peru in the fifth book in this heartwarming chapter book series by acclaimed author Monica Brown.
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Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean

Monica Brown · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

The Levines are finally getting a pet--a furry one that is. They are excited about adopting a kitty they name Jelly, but they don't get very far in the process when Ben starts sneezing. Oh no, he's allergic Lola is devastated and sets out to find Jelly a good home. Luckily, Lola...
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Marta! Big & Small

Jen Arena · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Marta is una niña, an ordinary girl . . . with some extraordinary animal friends!

As Marta explores the jungle, she knows she's bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is sabrosa -- tasty,...

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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Susan Wood · Charlesbridge
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Pura Belpré Honor BookALA Notable Children's BookJunior Library Guild Selection Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created...
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My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford · Cinco Puntos Press
Format: Hardcover

"This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants." - Andrew Weil, MDAaron has asked his grandfather Tata to teach him about...
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Lea Dives In

Lisa Yee · American Girl Publishing
Pages: 151
Format: Print book

Lea Clark is ten years old and ready to explore the whole world, just like her grandmother! But first she'll start with a family trip to Brazil, where her big brother, Zac, is studying the rainforest. Lea is really excited to see the ocean and when she does, she realizes she'd rather take...
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The Glowing Heart: A Josefina Mystery

Valerie Tripp · American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages: 189
Format: Print book

Josefina's home is filled with holiday guests, including a dashing man from Mexico City who delivers a precious heirloom to Tía Dolores. Everyone is delighted with the stunning ruby ring, but as soon as the ring appears at the rancho, things start going wrong. What is going on? With...
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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

Roseanne Thong · Amicus
Format: Book

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous...
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Allie, First at Last

Angela Cervantes · Scholastic Press
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer.
A trendsetter.
A winner.

No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner's podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that's what Allie thinks . . . she's never actually won anything before. Everyone...
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My Life in Pictures

Deborah Zemke · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 134
Format: Print book

Fans of Amelia's Notebook and Judy Moody will love this friendship story bursting with doodles and pictures

Bea Garcia is an artist. She draws anywhere and everywhere - but mostly in her own notebook. When Bea's first and only best friend Yvonne moves to Australia,...
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Looking for Bongo

Eric Velasquez · Holiday House
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Oh no! A boy's beloved stuffed toy, Bongo, is missing. No one can help him. When he asks his abuela where Bongo is, she answers, "Yo no sé. I don't know." Mom and Dad haven't seen Bongo either. Gato just says "Meow," and runs away. When Bongo finally turns up behind...

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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Judith Robbins Rose · Candlewick Press (MA)
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

With humor and sensitivity, a debut novelist explores the coming of age of a girl caught between two cultures as she finds the courage to forge a new destiny."Miss, will you be my Amiga?" Amiga means "friend" in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take...
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Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

Duncan Tonatiuh · Harry N. Abrams
Format: Hardcover

From first-time Mexican author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh comes the story of two cousins, one in America and one in Mexico, and how their daily lives are different yet similar. Charlie takes the subway to school; Carlitos rides his bike. Charlie plays in fallen leaves; Carlitos plays...
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The Dreamer

Pam Munoz Ryan · Scholastic Press
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover

Pura Belpré Award Winner

A tender, transcendent, and meticulously crafted novel from Newbery Honoree, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and three-time Caldecott Honoree, Peter Sís!


From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood...
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Margarita Engle · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule - until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last...
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Finding the Music: En pos de la música

Jennifer Torres · Children's Book Press (CA)
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

When Reyna accidentally breaks Abuelito's vihuela -- a small guitar-like instrument -- she ventures out into the neighborhood determined to find someone who can help her repair it. No one can fix the vihuela, but along the way Reyna gathers stories and mementos of Abuelito and his music....
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I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Marjorie Agosin · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 454
Format: Hardcover

An eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile - until the time...
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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Sonia Manzano · Scholastic Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

One of Americas most influential Hispanics -- Maria on Sesame Street -- presents a powerful novel set in New Yorks El Barrio in 1969There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo? her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude...
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What Can You Do With a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

Carmen Tafolla · Tricycle Press; Bilingual edition
Format: Hardcover

Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape As she strolls through her barrio a young girl introduces readers to the frozen fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children Create a masterpiece make...
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Sense the beauty

Sandra L Pinkney; Myles C Pinkney · Little
Format:  Book : Fiction : Preschool : English : 1st ed

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of Latino children.
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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Samantha R. Vamos · Charlesbridge; Bilingual edition
Format: Hardcover

This is the story of how the farm maiden and all the farm animals worked together to make the rice pudding that they serve at the fiesta With the familiarity of The House That Jack Built this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys...
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The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos

Lucía M González · Children's Book Press
Pages: 30
Format: Print book

It is the winter of 1929, and cousins Hildamar and Santiago have just moved to enormous, chilly New York from their native Puerto Rico. As Three Kings' Day approaches, Hildamar and Santiago mourn the loss of their sunny home and wonder about their future in their adopted city. But when...
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Juvenile Nonfiction

The following list of selected nonfiction is to educate young people about Hispanic Heritage and culture by award winning authors, recent best sellers, or titles that provide important insight to the history of the Hispanic heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Month / Mes de la Herencia Hispana (Latin American Celebrations and Festivals / Celebraciones Y Festivales De Latinoamerica)

Kerrie Logan Hollihan · Buenas Letras; 1 Blg edition
Pages: 24
Format: Library Binding

New copy. Fast shipping. Will be shipped from US.
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National Geographic Readers: Sonia Sotomayor

Barbara Kramer · National Geographic Children's Books
Format: Print book

Explore one of the most recognized names in modern America with this biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Kids will learn about her rise to be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the trials she faced along the way. The level 3 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging,...
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Puerto Rico

John Hamilton · ABDO & Daughters
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the All-Star Island! Students will explore sandy Caribbean beaches, tour San Felipe del Morro Castle, attend a Puerto Rico National Baseball Team game, and more as they learn about Puerto Rico's history, plants and animals, industries, sports,...

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Honduras

Shira Zwiren · Bearport Publishing
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Beautiful. Bright. Exciting. Welcome to Honduras! In this colorful book, young readers will travel to this amazing country without ever leaving their homes or classrooms. During their journey, they will learn all about the cities, food, holidays, history, and wildlife of Honduras. They'll...
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Living in . . . Brazil

Chloe Perkins · Simon Spotlight
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Just in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, discover what it's like growing up in Brazil with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about kids just like you in countries around the world!Olá! My name is Marco, and I'm a kid just...
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Living in . . . Mexico

Chloe Perkins · Simon Spotlight
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Discover what it's like to grow up in Mexico with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about kids just like you in countries around the world!¡Hola! My name is Rosa, and I'm a kid just like you living in Mexico. Mexico is a country filled...
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Roberto Clemente

Jennifer Strand · Abdo Zoom
Pages: 24
Format: Print book

One of the first Latin Americans to play Major League Baseball, Roberto Clemente was a true trailblazer. Historic photos and easy-to-read text take readers into the athletes life. Zoom in even deeper with quick stats, a timeline, and bolded glossary terms.
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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes

Duncan Tonatiuh · ABRAMS
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2016 Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true...
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Irma Rangel

Anna Butzer
Format: Paperback

Explore the life and achievements of Irma Rangel, an educator, attorney, and the first Mexican American woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Duncan Tonatiuh · Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Audiobook

A 2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage...
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Latinos Today

Thomas Arkham

Discusses the contributions of Latinos to American culture.
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Latino American Civil Rights

Thomas Arkham
Format: Print book

Describes the history of the struggle for Hispanic civil rights in the United States, discussing the need for legal intervention to protect Hispanic Americans' civil rights at work, in the home, and in school.
Title: Latino American Civil Rights
Author: Arkham,
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Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection

Alma Flor Ada
Format: Book

Once upon a time, in a land far away...

These stories have journeyed far -- over mountains, deserts, and oceans -- carried by wind, passed on to us by our ancestors. Now they have found their way to you.

A sly fox, a bird of a thousand colors, a magica
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Latino Americans and Religion

Frank DePietro
Format: Print book

Latino Americans and Religion (Hispanic Americans: Major Minority) by Frank Depietro
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Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

Juan Felipe Herrera · Dial
Format: Print book

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the worldThis visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.  Gorgeous...
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Viva Frida

Yuyi Morales · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A 2015 Caldecott Honor BookA 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) AwardFrida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases. Distinguished...
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Young Adult Fiction

The following selected fiction is to educate young people about Hispanic history and culture through contemporary and historical fiction novels by award winning authors, recent best sellers, novels that are acclaimed, or titles that provide important insight to the history of the Hispanic heritage and culture.

The Education of Margot Sanchez

Lilliam Rivera · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted - from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Things/People Margot Hates:
...
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On the Edge

Allison Van Diepen
Format: Print book

From Allison van Diepen, author of Light of Day, Snitch, and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel - perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin - about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami's gangs.

Maddie Diaz never s

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Bridge

Patrick Jones · Lerner Classroom
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

José can't keep up. As the only English speaker in a family of undocumented immigrants, he handles everything from taking family members to the doctor to bargaining with the landlord. Plus he works two jobs. With all this responsibility, he's missing a lot of school. When he does make...
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Playing for the Devil's Fire

Phillippe Diederich · Cinco Puntos Press
Pages: 254
Format: Print book

Thirteen-year-old Boli and his friends are deep in the middle of a game of marbles. An older boy named Mosca has won the prized Devil's Fire marble. His pals are jealous and want to win it away from him. This is Izayoc, the place of tears, a small pueblo in a tiny valley west of Mexico...
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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Isabel Quintero · Cinco Puntos Pr
Pages: 284
Format: Print book

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014

Named to School Library Journal Best Books of 2014

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's...

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The Weight of Feathers: A Novel

Anna-Marie McLemore · Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 308
Format: Print book

A finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, Anna-Marie McLemore's The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud...

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Before We Were Free

Julia Alvarez · A. Knopf
Pages: 166
Format: Print book

Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government's secret police terrorize her remaining family...
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The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

Margarita Engle · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Pages: 182
Format: Print book

"I find it so easy to forget / that I'm just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts."

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis...
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The Living

Matt De La Peña · Delacorte Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

"De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel."-Entertainment Weekly, A- "Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Peña can uncork delicate but vivid scenes." - The New York Times Shy took the summer job to make...
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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Meg Medina · Candlewick Press, 2013.
Pages: 260
Format: Print book

Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award

In Meg Medina's compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school - and must discover resources she never knew she had.


One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui...
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Young Adult Nonfiction

The following list of selected nonfiction is to educate young people about Hispanic history and culture by award winning authors, recent best sellers, or titles that provide important insight to Hispanic heritage and culture.

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

NOT AVAILABLE. · HarperCollins
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller!

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages - with never-before-seen photos!

At sixteen years...

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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Sonia Manzano · Scholastic Press, 2015. ©2015
Pages: 262
Format: Print book

Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir.


Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning...
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A Fire in My Hands: Revised and Expanded Edition

Gary Soto · HMH Books for Young Readers

Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities....
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Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

Lori Marie Carlson · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

i think in spanishi write in englishi want to go back to puerto rico,but i wonder if my kink could livein ponce, mayagüez and carolinatengo las venas aculturadasescribo en spanglishabraham in español--from "My Graduation Speech," by Tato LavieraA new collection of bilingual...
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DVD

The following selected films are to provide important insight to Hispanic heritage and culture through fictional accounts or documentaries.

Los Wild Ones

· Gravitas Ventures
Format: DVD

Wild Records is an LA indie music label comprising young Hispanic musicians, run by Irishman Reb Kennedy. Wild is an unconventional family, reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records: all of its musicians write and perform '50s rock n' roll. If Wild is going to continue to grow and reach...
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The vessel

Julio Quintana · Strand Releasing Home Video

Ten years after a tsunami washed away their elementary school with all the children inside, the inhabitants of a small Latin American village continue to cope with their grief.
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La Cienaga

Lucrecia Martel · Homevision
Format: DVD

Mecha (Graciela Borges) is a middle-aged woman with several accident-prone teenagers, a husband who dyes his hair, and the tedious problem of sullen servants. Nothing that a few drinks can't cure. To avoid the uncomfortably hot and humid weather, they spend their summers at a country...

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On Two Fronts Latinos & Vietnam

Mylène Moreno · PBS
Format: DVD

This program examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth and their communities. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other...

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Our last tango

German Kral · Strand Releasing LLC.

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The 33

Patricia Riggen

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their...
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Jane the virgin. The complete first season.

Gina Rodriguez; Andrea Navedo; Ivonne Coll; Brett Dier; Jaime Camil; All authors · Warner Home Video

Details the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during...
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Latino Americans : the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation

Adriana Bosch · Pbs
Format: DVD video

Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States. It is a story of people, politics, and culture, intersecting with much that is central to the history of the United States...
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Spare parts

Sean McNamara · Lionsgate

Four Hispanic high school students organize a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and big dreams, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.
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Bless me, Ultima

Rudolfo A Anaya · Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic

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Rebel : Loreta Velazquez, secret soldier of the American Civil War

Llewellyn Smith; Maria Agui Carter; PBS Distribution ; Independent Telev · PBS Distribution
Format: DVD

In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. By 1863, Buford was working for the Union. But Buford harbored...
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Book of life

Jorge R Gutierrez

The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
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Sin nombre

Cary Joji Fukunaga · Revolver Entertainment

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Databases

Databases are subscription resources that contain reliable, timely, and authoritative online sources of information.  Links to these are found on the Library’s website at www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org/Research. Use your Norfolk Public Library card number for access to these resources:

Encyclopedia of World Biography

A multicultural biographical electronic book that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture

Websites

The following is a selected list of websites that provide an overview of Hispanic Americans history and culture.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

A resource devoted to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. A great site for both parents and students.

 

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Identifies, inspires, promotes, and prepares Latino leaders through national leadership, cultural, educational, and workforce programs.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The official home of Hispanic Heritage Month hosted by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, The U.S. National Archives, and other government agencies.

 

U.S. Army: Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army

Resources on Hispanic Americans who have served in the U.S. Army.

 

U.S. Census Bureau

Provides social, economic, and profile reports from census data, plus links to Hispanic Heritage Month facts.