My Name Is Maria Isabel

By Alma Flor Ada

Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks 1993

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Maria Isabel rejects the decision to be called "Mary" at school. This story combines the struggle of a Puerto Rican family's efforts to improve their life with a shared sense of pride in their heritage.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

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Golden Kite Award

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Newbery Medal

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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

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