Pobre Ana, by Blaine Ray
Ana is a 15-year-old girl from California who leads a tough life. Her mother is always on her. Her family doesn’t have much money, but her best friends’ families are rich. She’s extremely jealous of them. When she gets an opportunity to go to Mexico, she goes to a small city where she lives with a very nice family. Her view of life changes radically. When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light. This novel is short and easy. When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of Spanish. First in a series of four 1st year novels, this novel uses a vocabulary of 300 words.