My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada

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A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity.

For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?

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Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home, My Name Is Maria Isabel; Under the Royal Palms, a Pura Belpré Medal recipient; and The Gold Coin, a Christopher Award recipient. She lives in California, and you can visit her at Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Dancing Home with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at
Published December 1, 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 72 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Mar°a Isabel Salazar L¢pez's family moves, there are already two Mar°as in her new class, so the teacher decides to call her Mary L¢pez.

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