September 15-October 15 is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions Hispanic people have made to American culture. Young adult literature is full of fantastic Hispanic authors that write everything from historical fiction to contemporary urban stories. Here’s a sampling of our collection.
Esperanza Rising by 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.
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina
Worn down by the constant petitions of the villagers who think she has special powers, sixteen-year-old Sonia leaves behind her shawl covered with milagros and her mountain home and sets out to live a life of her own choosing in the capital city.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Bait by Alex Sanchez
Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.
Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina García
In the 1970s, a teenaged Iranian princess, a German-Canadian girl, and a Cuban-Jewish girl from New York City become friends when they spend three summers at a Swiss boarding school.
I Will Save You by Matt de la Peña
Seventeen-year-old Kidd Ellison runs away to work for the summer at a beach campsite in California where his hard work and good looks lead to friendship and love but painful past memories surface in menacing ways.
Suckerpunch by David Hernandez
Shy, seventeen-year-old Marcus and his sixteen-year-old brother, Enrique, accompanied by two friends, drive from their home in southern California to Monterey to confront the abusive father who walked out a year earlier, and who now wants to return home.
Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina
Fat and foxy Margarita “Madge” Diaz and her enemy Bridget Benson, queen bee and student-body president of Winter Park High School, make a bet to end their rivalry.
Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado
Twelve-year-old boys living in a rough part of New York confront questions about what it means to be a friend, a father, and a man.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjanin Alire Sáenz
Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.