An Island Like You by Judith Cofer
Stories of the Barrio

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Twelve stories about young people caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings.
 

About Judith Cofer

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Critically acclaimed and widely published poet, novelist, and essayist Judith Ortiz Cofer knows that "words have the power to transform you and give you the power to shape your life. The minute you open your mouth, you have introduced yourself." Writing extensively about the experience of being Puerto Rican and her identity as a woman and writer in the U.S., she is a lauded Regents and Franklin Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia where she teaches literature and creative writing.
 
Published December 1, 1996 by Perfection Learning. 165 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A pastiche of 12 short stories about Puerto RicanAmerican teenagers growing up in a New Jersey barrio.

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Twelve consistently sparkling, sharp stories recreate the atmosphere of a Puerto Rican barrio, said PW in a starred review. This fine collection may draw special attentions for its depictions of

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Twelve consistently sparkling, sharp stories recreate the atmosphere of a Puerto Rican barrio, said PW in a starred review. This fine collection may draw special attentions for its depictions of

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Cofer's (Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood) 12 consistently sparkling, sharp short stories pungently recreate the atmosphere of a Puerto Rican barrio in Paterson, N.J.

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the reader has previously met Yolanda in ``The One Who Watches,'' in which Yolanda's friend Doris describes the fear and anger she experiences as Yolanda goes shoplifting.

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""This fine collection may draw special attentions for its depictions of an ethnic group underserved by YA writers, but Cofer's strong writing [itself] warrants a close look."" Ages 12-up.

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