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BOOKS: FOR YOUNG READERS OF ALL AGES

RETURN TO SENDER

RETURN TO SENDER, a novel, ages ten and up (and up!), by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary

The Best Gift of All:
The Legend of La Vieja Belen

El mejor regalo del mundo:
la leyenda de La Vieja Belén

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén
picture book, 2008
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A Gift of Gracias
The Legend of Altagracia

A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia -- a Knopf Book for Young Readers by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
picture book, 2005
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Tía Lola Stories

How Tía Lola
Came to Visit Stay

How Tia Lola Came to -Visit- Stay by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
middle readers, 2001
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How Tía Lola
Learned to Teach

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
middle readers, 2010
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How Tía Lola
Saved the Summer

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
middle readers, 2011
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How Tía Lola
Ended Up Starting Over

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
middle readers, 2011
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Finding Miracles

(New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2004)

I have met quite a few young people who were adopted from other countries by American moms and dads. I have watched them grow up and struggle to understand how to fit their "shadow" culture and world into the story of their lives. And so, I decided to write a novel about one such young woman, who was adopted from a Latin American orphanage, where her name was Milagros (Miracles). She has since become a totally American girl, Milly Kaufman, who doesn't know how to connect to her past and, therefore, avoids it. But one day a refugee from her birth country, Pablo, appears in her class. His presence becomes a challenge and a means for Milly to find Milagros and connect with her whole story.

Click to read an excerpt from Finding Miracles.

see also:
Random House Reading Guide
Random House Author Interview

Finding Miracles: a Knopf Book for Young Readers by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com:
hardcover  *  paperback
audio cassette
audio CD  *  kindle
en español: paperback
or you may be able to get an
autographed copy at
Vermont Book Shop
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Before We Were Free

(New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2002)

Fiction about political subjects is a tricky thing, and when the readers are young, even more so. My young protagonist, Anita (in honor of her namesake Anne Frank), is coming of age in a dictatorship in Latin America, not unlike the one we left behind in the Dominican Republic. When her father gets taken away by the secret police, Anita and her mother go into hiding in order to avoid capture. Anita, of course, keeps a diary.

see also: Random House Reading Guide
Random House Author Interview

Before We Were Free: book by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com:
hardcover  *  paperback  *  audio cassette  *  kindle
en español: hardcover  *  paperback
or you may be able to get an autographed copy at
Middlebury College Bookstore or Vermont Book Shop
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A Cafecito Story

(White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishers, 2001)
Woodcuts by Belkis Ramirez

I've often described this book as a "green fable and love story." The book grew out of a project Bill and I started in the Dominican Republic: an organic coffee farm modeling sustainable methods with a school on site to teach basic reading and writing. There's now a new Spanish/English edition, A Cafecito Story/El cuento del cafecito. One of the special moments of my writing life happened when we took this bilingual edition down to the farm, and our once illiterate neighbors were able to read passages in which their names appeared! See website at cafealtagracia.com. Also, check out some of the woodcuts by Belkis Ramirez.

A Cafecito Story/El cuento del cafecito by Julia Alvarez: bilingual edition
see this book on Amazon.com: hardcover  *  paperback
bilingual: paperback
or you may be able to get an
autographed copy at Vermont Book Shop
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The Secret Footprints

(New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2000)

As a little girl growing up in the Dominican Republic, I remember hearing stories of the ciguapas. (See-goo-ah-pas.) This tribe of beautiful women live underwater but come out at night to hunt for food. No one has ever been able to track them down because they have a special secret. I'd lie in bed, struggling to stay awake, hoping to spot one. I never did, until I wrote this story about one little-girl ciguapa, Guapita, who almost gives away the special secret by befriending a human boy. The illustrations by the Italian artist, Fabian Negrin, are fabulous.

The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com: hardcover  *  paperback
en español: hardcover  *  paperback
or you may be able to get an autographed copy at
Middlebury College Bookstore or Vermont Book Shop
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More Books by Julia Alvarez:

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Buy Books by Julia Alvarez

at your local bookstore

find books by Julia Alvarez at your local bookstore: indiebound.org

at amazon.com

& at other favorite bookstores:

vermontbookshop.com

powells.com

penguingroup.com

randomhouse.com

barnesandnoble.com

booksamillion.com

audiobookstand.com

The Middlebury College Store also offers to send you autographed copies of any of my books as long as they are in hard cover.


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