An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio

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Puffin Books, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 165 pages
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A collection of stories captures the lives of different teenagers growing up in the barrio, including Rita, who goes to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico; Luis, who spends his days working at his father's junkyard; and Sandra, who tries to rediscover her natural Latino beauty. Reprint.

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A story of growing up in the United States with a Spanish (Puerto Rican) culture. They are forced toward the American dream.

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An excellent collection of short stories. I like the weaving of the characters in and out of each other's stories to give a sense of community. Cofer tackles issues such as gangs, shoplifting, and homosexuality with grace and compassion. Read full review


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Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Franklin Professor of English & creative writing at the University of Georgia.

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