The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
 

About Sandra Cisneros

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Sandra Cisneros is the author of two highly celebrated novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Other books include the story collection Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry; and two books of children's literature. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers. Ester Hernández is an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City. She lives in San Francisco.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Vintage. 132 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment. (Apr.)no PW review

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Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment. (Apr.)no PW review

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Examiner

Her parents tell her stories about the real and beautiful home that they will own one day, and she takes the stories to heart hoping that they will come true one day.

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Dallas News

A single actor might play Esperanza’s mother, a couple of childhood friends, a neighbor lady who’s not quite all there, and one of a delightful trio of old women with power to tell the future whom Esperanza meets at a funeral.

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Common Sense Media

I thought about shreding this book after I read it, but I couldn't since its a book I had to read for school.

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I thought about shreding this book after I read it, but I couldn't since its a book I had to read for school.

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Common Sense Media

and her friend Sally, who gets married too young to escape her house, and ends up a virtual prisoner to her husband.

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Chicago Tribune

Gordon has successfully staged the book's scenes of the innocent joys of youth, typified by the bike ride that Esperanza (Sandra Delgado) takes through the neighborhood with her friends Sally (Belinda Cervantes) and Rachel (newcomer Christina Nieves, who packs some terrific joie de vivre into her...

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Teen Writers Blog

When asked what book I wished I had written, three immediately come to mind: Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer-Prize winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

From set design, to costuming to character development, The House on Mango Street paints a poignant picture of life in “El Barrio.” Instead of what they did do, it’s what Teatro Del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater didn’t do that makes the play so powerful.

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