An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio

by Judith Ortiz Cofer

The sounds and the sights of El Barrio and the relationships and the emotions of... read more

The sounds and the sights of El Barrio and the relationships and the emotions of Puerto-Rican-American family and neighborhood life form the backdrop for the each of the twelve stories that comprise An Island Like You. For the teenagers whose hearts and minds are unmasked in this powerful collection of short stories from Latina author Judith Ortiz Cofer, El Barrio is their home and their culture, steeped in the Puerto Rican traditions of their parents and grandparents, flavored with the promise and bitterness of urban American life. El Barrio is also the world they share. Yet each of the protagonists in An Island Like You moves through this world in his or her own way. The range of experience which Cofer brilliantly illuminates through the singular lives of her adolescent characters reveals truths that are sometimes comforting, sometimes startling, but always dancing on the edge of enlightenment. (Ages 12-16)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995

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