My Name Is Maria Isabel

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 15, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
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A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity.

For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?

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User Review  - Alexsandy Jimenez - Goodreads

My Name is Maria Isabel walks the reader through an event that many might not think will affect a child. Transferring into a new school to find yourself with a student that already has your name ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

Third grade +. Maria Isabel and her family, after moving from Puerto Rico, must learn to adjust to new lives. Maria Isabel makes some new friends, and believes she could really love her new school ... Read full review

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Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

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