The House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosAcclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.
Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
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Parallel diary entries comprise the text, with Huggie seething with resentment, complaint, and often outright name-calling nastiness, and Stick reveling with Panglossian enthusiasm over every twist in their adventure. Their journey takes them from continent to continent, as they are abducted by pirates, munched on by a panda, knighted by a queen, toted around in a kangaroo's pouch, chased by a rhino, ingested and spit up by a shark, attacked by a piranha, and ultimately returned to Reese's backpack by "a very determined chihuahua. Stick, sturdy and flexible, really is built to withstand a punishing road trip better than Huggie, who loses limbs and stuffing at every turn and arrives home minus a leg, with a patched butt and a spork for an arm. Piecing the story together from a trio of viewpoints—Huggie's, Stick's, and the book's—will give storytime listeners a workout, and with the aid of the endpaper cartoon maps, they may even profit from a stealth lesson in global geography. EB [End Page 65]. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.