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Ten Middle-Grade Novels that Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

I did the display for Hispanic Heritage Month at my oldest daughter’s middle school’s Information Center. It was a great experience, and it inspired me to compile a book list of middle-grade novels written by Hispanic American authors about the experiences of Hispanic Americans. I hope you guys enjoy it!



90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis



Julian’s parents decide to send him and his brothers to Florida through the Pedro Pan Operation, as Cuba has fallen under a communist dictatorship. Julian will have to learn to fend for himself in a world that is not what his family expected. 90 Miles to Havana was a 2011 Pura Belpré Honor Book.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina



Merci Suárez is a six-grader going through a hard time. She and her brother, Roli, are attending a fancy private school on scholarships, meaning they are not wealthy like the other kids at school. Merci becomes Edna Santos’ target too. Things at home are not better. Something strange is happening to Merci’s gra…

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