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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

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Unidos contra Drácula

Luis Mariá Pescetti
Unidos contra Drácula
(United Against Dracula))GL 9-12

The new book by Luis María Pescetti is a collection of poems, dialogues, and humorous texts that explore human beings’ most intimate emotions. Pescetti plays with language and its sounds in order to suggest a poetic look at modernity, throughout every stage of life. To date, none of Pescetti’s books had brought together the immense versatility of genre as well as of feelings of this beloved author, whose books have sold more than a million and a half copies around the world.

 

Una estupenda historia de dragones y princesas

 Jordi Sierra i Fabra
Una (estupenda) historia de dragones y princesas (más o menos)
(An (Awesome) Story about Dragons and Princesses (More or Less))
GL 9-12

A writer sits down to write a classic tale of dragons, princesses, heroes, and witches, but his conscience—or common sense—interrupts him constantly to  criticize his work, call him old fashioned, and tell him that nobody reads this type of story anymore. The writer is determined to write the story, and pays no  attention to the criticism and the sarcastic comments that he must face at the  end of each line. A hilarious piece of fiction which, along with being enormously entertaining, allows the reader a glimpse inside the creative process involved in writing a piece of fiction.

 También las estatuas tienen miedo

 Andrea Ferrari
También las estatuas tienen miedo
(Even Statues Feel Fear)
GL 6-12

Florence is twelve years old and makes lists to organize her worries and priorities. Faced with her father’s inexplicable absence, one day she makes an important decision that takes into account her ability to “do nothing.” This step, which will transform her life, will bring in some important players: her mom, Mimi; The King, an actor who will teach her some essential tricks; Claudina, the most hateful girl at school; and Daniel, the boy she likes. Year after year, Andrea Ferrari has continued to position herself as one of the best narrators in children’s and young adult literature. This is just one more demonstration of her enormous talent.

 

Opalo

Blanca Álvarez
Ópalo
(Opal) GL 9-12

Claudia spends the summer in the house of her grandmother, who is Chinese. She tells Claudia bits of family history, a terrible past that is a source of both sadness and pride. In this way, Claudia learns about the hard life of her great-grandfather Opal, who was a spy during World War I. The novel, rich in life lessons and emotions, recreates exotic environments through Chinese stories and legends interspersed with the narration.

Moldavita Un visitante amigable

Norma Muñoz Ledo
Moldavita
(Moldavita) GL 6-12

One ordinary afternoon, Julio receives a moldavite—that is, a piece of meteorite. Soon, the new owner of the stone warns that inside it lives a thousand-year-old extraterrestrial who lost his home long ago. Little by little, the two develop a friendship and share feelings that teach Julio about his own nature and about the vastness of the universe.
This adventure deals with the big themes of existence and the immensity of the universe with great wisdom and sensitivity.
       

El hombresillo de la lluvia

Carlos Chimal
Mi vida con las estrellas
(My Life with the Stars)  GL 6-12

Son of an astrologer and an astronomer, José Agustín often finds himself caught between speeches and opposing positions. Secretly, he has always felt closer to his mother, and the mere possibility of resembling his father makes him anxious. Nevertheless, on an unforgettable trip, Agustín will learn to admire the path his father has chosen.
Written in Carlos Chimal’s habitual style, this novel is loaded with scientific details that will fascinate readers.

 

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