La hija del sastre

La hija del sastre, by Carrie Toth and Carol Gaab

Growing up in a Republican family during Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, Emilia Matamoros discovers just how important keeping a secret can be! After her father, a former captain in the Republican army, goes into hiding, Emilia not only must work as a seamstress to support her family, she must work to guard a secret that will protect her father and save her family from certain death. Will her innocence be lost and will she succumb to the deceptive and violent tactics of Franco’s fascist regime?
 
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Pobre Ana bailó tango

Pobre Ana bailó tango, by Patricia Verano, Veronica Moscoso and Blaine Ray

Ana, the main character in this story, is the same one as in Pobre Ana, the first novella in this series.  After her trip to Mexico, Ana changed a great deal and she wanted to go to other countries.  In this story the school gives her the opportunity to travel again, this time to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She has two main goals – to keep improving her Spanish and to learn to dance the tango.  Ana realizes that dancing the tango is an art and she has a lot to learn.  In the process, she makes friends, buys special tango shoes, meets a very handsome tango teacher and, most importantly, learns about Argentine culture. This novel is appropriate for Spanish students in late first year or early second year.  The story is told in the past.

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El viaje de su vida

El viaje de su vida, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

16-year-old Carlos Ayala of Cincinnati, Ohio, goes on a cruise with his family from the US to Yucatan.  He is the only witness to the theft of an object of great monetary and personal value.  The thief tries to kill him, but….  This novel can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Contains a full vocabulary section.  Brief and captivating!
 
 
 
 
 
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Casi se muere

Casi se muere, by Lisa Ray Turner y Blaine Ray

An egaging story, with a taste of romance, about an American girl who goes to high school in Chile and two Chilean boys, a nice one and a mean one.  Can the mean one change?  This novel can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Short and sweet!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Patricia va a California

Patricia va a California, by Blaine Ray

Patricia is a 15-year-old girl from a small town in Guatemala who goes to California as an exchange student.  She lives with a caring American family but encounters prejudice at school, especially from a girl named Debbie.  By chance Patricia finds Debbie in a dangerous situation.  She acts quickly and decisively to rescue her.  This incident and what happens afterwards profoundly affects both girls. This novel can be read without difficulty by second or third semester students.  Brief and captivating!
 
 
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