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Américas Award

The Americas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected nonfiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

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      Shame the Stars

      by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

      Nov 2016

      History High

      2017 Commended Titles
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Amidst racial conflict and trouble brewing at the US-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquín and Dulceña attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Author's note. Book recommendations. Newspaper clipping sources. Images of historical newspaper clippings.

      Two White Rabbits

      by Jairo Buitrago

      Feb 2016

      Independent Readers Plus

      2016 Commended Titles
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      A young migrant girl asks her father where they're going, but he doesn't answer. So she occupies herself with counting: one hundred clouds, one friendly boy, and two white rabbits. End note. Full-color digital illustrations.

      Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba

      by Alma Flor Ada

      Sep 2015

      Nonfiction Elementary

      2016 Commended Titles
      $12.75  $6.75  Member Price
      In this memoir, a compilation of new stories and two previously published short-story collections, Alma Flor Ada vividly portrays her unconventional childhood in Cuba. Author's note. Glossary. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

      Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights

      by Larry Dane Brimner

      Dec 2014

      History High

      2015 Honorable Mention
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      On September 8, 1965, vineyard crews in Delano, California, "exchanged their tools for picket signs." The grape strike was soon led by farm workers' advocate César Chávez. Author's note. Time line. Resources for more information. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white maps, period documents and artwork, and photographs.
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