Vida o muerte en el Cusco

Vida o muerte en el Cusco, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

High school senior Elena Garcia is vacationing in Cusco, Peru, with her mother.  Everything that Elena experiences bugs her – the food, the people, the clothing, the altitude…She would rather have stayed home in Colorado.  She is just starting to get interested in some things when her mother has an accident and suddenly Elena has to deal with the aftermath.  The experiences that follow have a transformative effect on Elena.  Vida o muerte en el Cusco is loaded with cultural descriptions and references.  The level of grammar is high; the subjunctive is used in a variety of contexts.  The glossary helps readers to grasp the meaning of difficult expressions and constructions so that they can understand everything clearly.  For 3rd and 4th year students.
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Los ojos de Carmen

Los ojos de Carmen, by Veronica Moscoso

Daniel is a 16 year-old American boy who wants to enter a photography contest. He travels to Ecuador, where he visits his aunt’s family and explores this diverse and intriguing country. On a day trip he meets Carmen, a girl with exceptional eyes. He wants to find Camren because he thinks he can win the contest with a picture of her. But he doesn’t see her again, until one day… Los ojos de Carmen is a novel filled with cultural substance and significant facts about Ecuador.  3rd year high school students will find it accessible and engaging.

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Problemas en Paraíso

Problemas en Paraíso, by Carol Gaab

Victoria Andalucci and her 16-year-old son, Tyler, are enjoying a fun-filled vacation at Club Paradise in Mexico. A typical teenager, Tyler spends his days on the beach with the other teens from Club Chevere, while his mother attends a conference and explores Mexico. Her quest for adventure is definitely quenched, as she ventures out of the resort and finds herself alone and in a perilous fight for her life! Will she survive the treacherous predicament long enough for someone to save her?
 
 
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Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha

Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha, by Anonymous

This compelling drama will captivate all of your senses, as the narrator recounts his life in one of the most violent and well-known gangs in Los Angeles, La Mara Salvatrucha 13.  Joining MS-13 brings certain gang-  related responsibilities, but being born into la Salvatrucha requires much more. Sometimes, it even requires your life! This is a gripping story of one gang member’s struggle to find freedom.
 
 
 
 
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La Guerra Sucia

La Guerra Sucia, by Nathaniel Kirby

American journalist and single mother, Leslie Corrales, travels to Argentina to investigate the suspicious disappearance of Raúl, the son of Magdalena Casasnovas. When Leslie discovers that Raúl, along with tens of thousands of other suspected dissidents, has suffered horrific atrocities at the hands of the Argentine government, she finds herself in a life-altering series of events. Will she escape with her life and with the information she needs to help the Argentine people?

 
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