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The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

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Genre: Young Adults

Sonia is a miner’s daughter in Tres Montes. Born under the most unusual circumstances, she’s believed to have special powers to heal and save But what if it’s all a lie? What is she willing to risk in order to have a future on her own terms?

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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Genre: Young Adults

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, much less what she’s done to get her mad. But Yaqui isn’t kidding around. Piddy tries to focus on finding out more about the father she’s never met and balancing honors courses with her job at the neighborhood hair salon, but avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. She’s forced to decide exactly who she is versus who others are trying to make her become – and ultimately discovers a rhythm that is all her own.

2014 Pura Belpré Award
2013 CYBILS Award winner for young adult fiction

Four starred reviews from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.

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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

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Genre: Young Adults

New York, summer 1977. Nora Lopez is seventeen, in love with both a new guy and disco music. But the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. And her troubles don’t even end there. Her brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, and her mother is helpless or unwilling to stop his decline. Life is a series of secrets, with tempers and temperatures running high. What will it take for Nora to survive?

2016 Longlist for the National Book Award for Literature for Young People
Kirkus Award 2016, Finalist
Los Angeles Book Prize 2017, Finalist

Four starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist and the Horn Book Magazine.

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass: The Graphic Novel

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass: The Graphic Novel

Newbery Medalist Meg Medina returns to her powerful YA novel about school bullying with a dynamic graphic-novel edition adapted and illustrated by Mel Valentine Vargas.

It’s the beginning of sophomore year, and Piedad “Piddy” Sanchez is having a hard time adjusting to her new high school. Things don’t get any easier when Piddy learns that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Rumor has it that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latina enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first, Piddy is more concerned with learning about the father she’s never met, navigating her rocky relationship with her mom, and staying in touch with her best friend, Mitzi. But when the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang takes over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off from those who care about her—or running away? More relevant than ever a decade after its initial publication, Mel Valentine Vargas’s graphic novel adaptation of Meg Medina’s ultimately empowering story is poised to be discovered by a new generation of readers.

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