Special Topics and Award Books

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Privately questioning her remote community's superstitions about dangerous powerful spirits in their Devil's Alley home, Cecelia Rios experiments with the forbidden art of brujería to rescue her kidnapped sister.

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Kaela Rivera
(Juvenile Fiction - J Rivera)

Privately questioning her remote community's superstitions about dangerous powerful spirits in their Devil's Alley home, Cecelia Rios experiments with the forbidden art of brujería to rescue her kidnapped sister.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Jennifer De Leon
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Deleon)

Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Don't Date Rosa Santos

Rosa Santos, a Cuban American, works to save her Florida town, seeks admittance to study abroad in her homeland, and wonders if love can break her family's curse.

Don't Date Rosa Santos

Nina Moreno
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Moreno)

Rosa Santos, a Cuban American, works to save her Florida town, seeks admittance to study abroad in her homeland, and wonders if love can break her family's curse.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon--whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color.

Juliet Takes a Breath

Gabby Rivera
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Rivera)

Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon--whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Sia's mother was deported to Mexico by ICE and disappeared in the Sonoran Desert trying to make it back to her American family. But her search for the truth will uncover many more secrets than she counted on.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Rachel Vasquez Gilliland
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Vasquez)

Sia's mother was deported to Mexico by ICE and disappeared in the Sonoran Desert trying to make it back to her American family. But her search for the truth will uncover many more secrets than she counted on.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Once Upon A Quinceañera

Carmen takes on a summer internship that has her reuniting with estranged family for an over-the-top quinceañera, reluctantly reconnecting to a long-lost ex-boyfriend, and finding happiness in the chaos.

Once Upon A Quinceañera

Monica Gomez-Hira
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gomezhi)

Carmen takes on a summer internship that has her reuniting with estranged family for an over-the-top quinceañera, reluctantly reconnecting to a long-lost ex-boyfriend, and finding happiness in the chaos.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

The First Rule of Punk

Twelve-year-old Malú reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

The First Rule of Punk

Celia C. Pérez
(Juvenile Fiction - J Perez)

Twelve-year-old Malú reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe

Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Saenz)

Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each of Us a Desert

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

Each of Us a Desert

Mark Oshiro
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oshiro)

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Cemetery Boys

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Cemetery Boys

Aiden Thomas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Thomas)

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.


YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

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