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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Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition July 1, Language: When the novel begins, Maria is having difficulty adjusting to life in America.

She is at first sad to leave her country, but soon discovers that home is what you m In this novel, Call Me Maria, written in letters, poems, and prose, Judith Ortiz Cofer offers a look into the life of a Puerto Rican immigrant as she adjusts to life in the United States with her father while her mother stays back on the island.

Don’t have a Kindle? As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. She was given a choice about whether to stay in PR or go to This book comes fifth in my text set as it now moves into addressing diversity with respect to ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status.

Maeia two exchange letters from time to time and the book features their conversations.

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Feb 04, Salsabrarian added it Shelves: Even with all of the knowledge, she still feels displaced, unsure of her familla role. See all 8 reviews. This novel would be most appropriate for grades If you are a seller for this product, would you like to maaria updates through seller support? The poem about her friend is lovely, “Picture of Whoopee”: I’ve judiith Spanish, so it was no problem for me.

They are written about similar topics and both are told with a poetic tone.

Papi knows that many immigrants have a tendency to romanticize and idealize life before America, often forgetting the ugly realities that forced them mariz leave their homeland in the first place.


Call Me Maria Hardcover. I would recommend this book to students who are interested in the experience of adjusting to life in a different country or who enjoy poetry.

Papi himself was born in New York to immigrant parents, but when they returned to Puerto Rico, he went with them. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope. As later Maria begins to feel better when Call Me Maria By Judith Ortiz Cofer Iudith is a beautiful day even in this barrio, I am almost unhappy” This quote shows how Maria begins to feel sad and lonely throughout the book in her lonely barrio without her mom.

This is a fantastic text to teach descriptive language and poetic devices. In Manhattan, Maria keeps busy with her studies, assisting her father who works as the super of their apartment building, and hanging out with best friends Uma and Whoopee. He immediately feels at home, slowly but steadily overcoming his depression.

Maria tries to ignore everything and make mraia best out of things.


As a result, he never felt at home in Puerto Rico juvith became depressed. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope. She expresses her difficulties of going to a new school and speaking Spanish and English, which is Spanglish. I really like Maria, caring more and more about her story with each entry-a poem, a letter, a journal. Call Me Maria is a wonderful story that bt told through a unique manner of letters, poetry and prose.

Maria is very confused in the middle of the book. Joseph rated it liked it. Call Me Maria on your Kindle in under a minute.

Her father who recently became depressed wants to go back to New York, but her mother who wants to stay in Puerto Rico to teach at a Catholic school. It can provide enjoyment and illuminate the human experience as well as by offering varying perspectives.

Through the letters and encouragement from her mraia, Maria explores her love and talent for writing.


Call Me Maria

Once in New York, her father works constantly and begins a social life of his own. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I can see it appealing to ELL middle school girls. She learns about American language and customs, develops new ways of thinking, new friends and new interests and eventually settles into her life. By the end of the book, she is masterfully trilingual in Spanish, English, and Spanglish.

Jul 14, Rebecca rated it really liked it. The last reason why I would recommend this book is because me being a high schooler, I could connect well to it so Cfer think that others could.

As the spring comes on, Maria begins to grow happier with her life. The poetry that is included in this novel is incredible with the visuals it offers to the story.

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Award winning author, Judith Ortiz Cofer beautifully patches to Call Me Maria is a culturally specific fictional text that illustrates the experience of a Puerto Rican female, Maria, who struggles to make a strange American city her home. 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. Inshe became the first Hispanic to win the O. 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 in Puerto Rico.

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She does this by changing the writing from prose to poetry by Maira and letters also written by Maria. Stories of the Barrio. It’s cool reading a book like that. View all 5 comments.