Judith Ortiz Cofer is a master of language. As both a poet and a novelist, she tells María’s story in an unusual way, which she calls microfiction. Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer – book cover, description, publication history. A new novel from the award-winning author of AN ISLAND LIKE YOU, winner of the Pura Belpre Award. Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico.

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Her mother, an island Puerto Rican, remains behind but keeps Maria bound to her native land and language through letters. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Ortiz Cofer received a B. Nov 21, Jordy Baez rated it it was amazing. Her father, originally born in the Ne Call Me Maria is a great story about a Puerto Rican girl who moves to New York with a father that was born there.

My favorite part is when she is writing to her mother because she is telling her mother all the new thing she learned and because she is still show that she cares about her mom even thought she left. Mar 20, Bethany rated it liked it. However, the story and the mother and some of the other characters felt a little underdeveloped. A great read that teaches how although someone maybe the same race, they can be culturally different depending if they grew up on the island or in the states.

This is a very intriguing novel. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I would also recommend this book to someone who like books that have poems and but still have a story behind it. She feels lost and lonely outside of her home country, yet looks forward to life as an American with an American education. This book would be a wonderful tool in a cultural studies unit and her poetry could be used in multiple ways to pair with other texts in the classroom.

In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.

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Read more from the Study Guide. Although not much of a formal plot exists, Maria does struggle with the conflict over island versus gritty urban life, growing friendships and eventually becoming trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and “Spanglish”. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Her father who recently became depressed wants to go back to New York, but her mother who w Call Me Maria is contemporary fiction book by Judith Ortiz Cofer.


She also tries to master Spanglish, a blend of English and Spanish and a language in its own right in the Barrio. I also agree that this book is a very well written book in the sense that it is easy to understand what is going on.

This no This novel would be most appropriate for grades I could relate to some parts of the book. Through letters, poetry, and prose, we learn the story of Maria as she moves from Puerto Rico to Ccofer York City with her father, leaving behind her mother.

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As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. This section contains words approx. One place that it had a very easy plot development was when Maria and her father first moved to New York.

Many of my students will be able to relate to this topic and book as they have personally experiences some of the same things that Maria does. The cofsr source of entertainment is the break of dialogues in jurith Maria Alegra shows us her feelings through poetry.

There are themes of cultures, identity, family, and belonging. Return to Sender Paperback.

By the end of the book, she is masterfully trilingual in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Fifteen-year old Maria lives in the New York City barrio with her father in order to get an American education, while her mother remains at home in Puerto Rico. I would suggest this to students who have not yet had insight to this type of lifestyle or to students who have looking for a novel to relate to.

I especially like the poem entitled “The Papi-lindo, Fifth Floor. This is a book with many great characters, each with their own story and struggle.

Maria was happy living in Puerto Rico but her father was not.

A poem a day, a letter a day, some prose judjth the day. My favorite character throughout the book was Maria. This could happen when you least expect it, this was one of the many life lessons that I could get out jaria Call Me Maria.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Marias mom and dad were not getting along so well and her dad went to live in the barrio and toke Maria with him.

Call Me Maria is rich in life lessons and identifies the strength that is within all of us to pull ourselves up and to overcome, the trick is though, finding the courage to look deeply inside of ourselves and being willing to face what is reflected to us and pick ourselves up and carry on with each new day.

Its very different from the books I have jidith. She learns to live with her Father in New York and attends a public school. Call Me Maria from BookRags. I also would teach it to get my students in the habit of coming up with fun ways about how to learn. Papi points out to her that no one was ever friendly toward him, saying most made fun of him racially for sounding white and judifh born in America. Fifteen-year-old Maria is living in the New York City barrio with her father in order to get an American education, while her mother remains at home cofet Puerto Rico.

And because of that i enjoyed reading it a little. Jul 16, David Valliere rated it really liked it. I suspect this story has autobiographical elements, as Cofer herself was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey as a child.

Read more Read less. Puerto Rico, where she was born, and her new home, Maia York. Call Me Maria is eloquently written in letters to her mother and journal entries in prose briefly describing her life in Puerto Rico before she moved calling herself Maria Alegre, and then chronicling her life mraia the barrios of New York as she tries to fit in. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.