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Young Adult Fiction

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child - Francisco Jiménez
Under the wire -- Soledad -- Inside out -- Miracle in Tent City -- El Angel de Oro -- Christmas gift -- Death forgiven -- Cotton sack -- The circuit -- Learning the game -- To have and to hold -- Moving still.

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Breaking Through - Francisco Jiménez
Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

Pura Belpre Honor Book

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Reaching Out - Francisco Jiménez
Leaving his home in a migrant community, Francisco sets off for college, carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice.

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Becoming Naomi León - Pam Muñoz Ryan
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

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Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Pura Belpre Author Award Winner.


Children's Nonfiction

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National Geographic Countries of the World: Mexico - Beth Gruber
Describes Mexico's history, geography, natural world, people, culture, government, and economy, and includes special topic boxes, maps, a glossary, and a bibliography.

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Diego - Jonah Winter
Discusses the childhood of Diego Rivera and how it influenced his art.

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities - Carol Sabbeth

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Frida - Jonah Winter
Discusses the childhood of Frida Kahlo and how it influenced her art.

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Mexico: The Culture - Bobbie Kalman

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Mexico: The Land - Bobbie Kalman

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Mexico: The People - Bobbie Kalman


Adult Fiction

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Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo A. Anaya

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The Hummingbird's Daughter - Luis Alberto Urrea

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies - Laura Esquivel
A romantic and poignant tale of love and family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Includes recipes for dishes prepared in the novel, such as quail in rose petal sauce and chiles in walnut sauce.


Mexican History

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The Mexican Revolution: A People's History - Adolfo Gilly
A history and interpretation of the Mexican Revolution, the first major upheaval of the twentieth century, examining the causes of the revolutionary movement, and discussing how the ten years of conflict affected Mexican life.

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Conquistadors - Michael Wood
Illustrations, maps, and text help retrace the paths of the Conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu.

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Mexican American Voices: A Documentary Reader - edited by Steven Mintz

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The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story - Joanne Oppenheim
A retelling of a Mexican legend that describes the origin of the Poinsettia plant. In this version, a young girl has nothing to give the Christ child, but when the weeds she carries in her hands miraculously transform into red flowers, she now has the perfect gift.

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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol - story by Rosalma Zubizarreta, Harriet Rohmer, David Schecter
Retells the Zapotec legend of Lucia Zenteno.

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Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico - Verna Aardema
A little lamb uses her clever wiles to keep a coyote from eating her up.

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Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktales - retold by Mary-Joan Gerson

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Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition - adapted by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
By following her mother's admonition to perform every task with care and love, a poor young Mexican girl wins the devotion of the governor's son.


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