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In this sequel to Felita, Felita's going to Puerto Rico! It's like a dream to her, although she'll miss her friends. But Felita's summer isn't at all what she expected. Her uncle's small village is boring, and none of the girls wants to be friends with an outsider. Felita desperately wants to go home. But she gradually finds a way to fit in, and by summer's end, Felita knows she will miss her new friends and her homeland.
It's the summer of 1941, and all ten-year-old Nilda wants to do is enjoy the cool water with her friends. But the policemen's curses end their fun, and their animosity is played out repeatedly in Nilda's life. She is constantly treated with contempt by adults in positions of authority: teachers, nurses and social workers. At home she is surrounded by a large and loving family that supports her artistic abilities as they experience financial hardship, the onset of World War II and the death of loved ones. 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 was first published, Nicholasa Mohr's classic novel about life as an immigrant in New York City offers a poignant look at one young girl's experiences. Issues of race, religion and machismo are realistically depicted in this groundbreaking novel that was one of the first by a Latina author to be hailed by the mainstream media.
In a city called New York ...
In the South Bronx - or El Bronx, as it's known to the people who live there - anything can happen. A migrant "fresh off the boat" from Puerto Rico can be somebody on the mainland, pursue the American Dream ... and maybe even make it come true.
Here are stories that capture the flavor and beat of El Bronx in its heyday, from 1946-1956.
A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Felita's parents promise she will love their new neighborhood. Only Abuelita, her grandmother, understands how much Felita will miss her old block, and her best friend Gigi. But her new neighbors taunt and tease Felita and her family because they are from Puerto Rico. First published twenty years ago, Felita's compelling story has resonance for kids today.
"An honest, realistic view of an important aspect of contemporary American life." --The Horn Book
A collection of five short stories and a novella which offers valuable portraits of New York City women and the rituals of survival that shape their lives. These tales of triumph, pathos, humor, are masterworks from the winner of The New York Times Best Book of the Year, the Jane Addams Book Award, and the Library Journal Award.
In the South Bronx--or El Bronx, as it's known to the people who live there--anything can happen. A migrant from Puerto Rico can become somebody on the mainland, pursue the American Dream--and maybe even make it come true. Harsh, happy, scary, sad, and funny, here are stories of growing up in the South Bronx during its heyday, from 1946 to 1956.
A celebration of the female spirit connects these stories of Hispanic women, and as the tales unfold, unforgettable characters come to life.
Winner of the School Library Journal's Best Book for Young Adults (1977) and the Notable Trade Book Award (1977).
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