Call Me Maria

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Scholastic, Jul 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 127 pages
33 Reviews
A new novel from the award-winning author of AN ISLAND LIKE YOU, winner of the Pura Belpre Award.

Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself.

In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.

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Sweet story in letters, poems, and prose. - Goodreads
For me, the best part of the book was the ending poem. - Goodreads
rlly good writing, like poetry wise - Goodreads
The plot line is great, but kind of a disappointer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - jessotto - LibraryThing

I was not a big fan of the writing style of this book. It is composed of poems and mini narratives. While the writing style of this is interesting and surely unique I did appreciate the story line ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacqueline - Goodreads

I particularly liked the mix of prose and poetry in this novel. The subtitle says it is a novel in letters, poems, and prose. The different forms are integrated well. Maria's voice is poignant and ... Read full review

Contents

Call Me Maria
1
More Than You Know gSabts?
28
Picture of Whoopee
38
The Power of the Papilindo
52
I Am a Poet She Exclaimed
60
Crime in the Barrio
68
The Poem As Seen Under the Microscope
75
After School I Hear Whoopee
81
Abuelas Winter Visit
91
Who Are You Today Maria?
98
The Ice Age
100
My PapiAzul and Me the Brown Iguana
106
My Father Changing Colors
120
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants. She is the author of many distinguished titles for young adults such as, CALL ME MARIA, THE MEANING OF CONSEULO, SILENT DANCING: A PARTIAL REMEMBERANCE OD A PUERTO RICAN CHILDHOOD, and THE LINE IN THE SUN. She lives in Georgia where she is the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.