Sunday, November 1, 2009

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican

Written by: Esmerelda Santiago

Junior High and High School Grades

Available in English and Spanish

"Esmerelda and her seven siblings live in a corrugated metal shack in Puerto Rico. She is uprooted as a result of poverty and her parents' quarreling and suffers blows to her ego from their expectations of her. The girl goes to New York, where her grandmother lives, and must rely on her intelligence and talents to help her survive in an alien world in which being Puerto Rican is not advantageous. Her story rings true and will be an inspiration to YAs forced to make their own way in a sometimes hostile environment."

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