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  1. I would also like to put in a note here about Mira Canion’s books (which are also available on Carol’s site) and were not mentioned above (other than Piratas …the first one)
    Rebeldes de Tejas, Agentes Secretos, Vampirata, Tumba and Rival are all very well-written and interesting to students. I’ve used them all in one way or another. Mira chooses her characters, themes, locations and cultural components very carefully. She frequently presents on how to use novels in the classroom as well so you are very likely to have a chance to see her!
    with love,
    Laurie

    1. ok….how did I comment in the year 2012 on a post from 2015?
      Ah…maybe this is a reposted post. If so, there are many other novels out there so please check out the new ones on Carol’s, Mira’s, and Blaine’s pages as well as others that are out there!!! It is amazing to think that only a few short years ago we were limited to only a few book choices!!!
      with love,
      Laurie

    1. I would love to see almost anything in German. Although we have some nice readers (Maroscher) and Robert’s books for upper level, we do not really have a lot. Probably because most German teachers have a large number of preps, GAPP exchanges, etc.

  2. I just happened upon Mike Peto’s page where he was talking about his novel Superburguesas, and was looking also at Andrew Snider’s new book El Habito de ___?__ (PLC member here I believe). I can’t wait to read them both. The thing is with these novels… the more the better. There is no oversaturation point in this realm.

    1. Oh how the universe (or me) conspires to make me feel really silly sometimes.
      I posted this last night, and then thought about it for a bit. Today when I got to school I went back and looked at a student survey my students had completed for me last year about their favorite novels. Turns out “my opinion” is not accurate. (Using superlatives nearly always leaves me feeling like I shouldn’t have.) And then Carol pops up onto the blog, and it looks like I’m saying this b/c of that (ha, like Carol needs my affirmation that her books are good).
      When I think of who I recommend Mira’s books to… it’s the novice low bordering on mid kids who won’t want to see a little kid on the cover, but who can’t flow with Houdini or Noches Misteriosos etc yet. So I pull out a Mira book. Her covers are beautiful and intriguing for a teenager. They seem to be (I could be wrong about this, didn’t check word count) extremely simple in language, heavy on cognates and usually quite short. But the true novice-mid kids are real into Carol’s (and Kristy’s and Baker’s and soon to be a couple more authors I surmise) books too of course, and they can follow them no problem. I find the flow in Carol’s books to be of extreme quality (I’m not just sayin that).
      It’s funny. I don’t cry much. Not a positive quality. Raised by an extremely stoic father. Perhaps tmi… but here’s the point: I’ve had tears come to my eyes while reading two of Carol’s books: Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha and Esperanza. I read them both shortly after my son Eben was born. If you’ve read them, you’ll know why I say that. A good indicator of a book’s quality for me… that I am bent to put down my guard and give in to the raw emotion of the story.

  3. Oh thank you Carol! Such perfect timing, as I just found out I am required to “provide an honors option” to any student who requests it. Not sure what this is supposed to look like, I just figured read, read, read. This handy guide will help me!

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