Alexis has a secret about her-...er, himself. Well, it’s not really a secret—at least not outwardly—but it hasn’t been expressed aloud to anyone else, except the therapist. He hasn’t told anyone yet, but plans on telling Sofía first, mostly because she lives thousands of miles away in Buenos Aires. Alexis and Sofía have been pen pals since the 6th grade, and since they have never actually met IRL (in real life), Alexis feels more comfortable telling her first.Sofía, too, has just learned of a secret that her parents have been keeping from her, one that upends her life and changes the way she thinks about everything. In a letter that Sofía inadvertently finds in her father’s desk drawer, she learns that her abuelos—her mother’s parents—are not only not her real grandparents, but who they are and, more importantly, who they were, are in direct conflict with who Sofía is and what she believes. While Alexis struggles with identity, so too does Sofía. In this story, two virtual friends work together to solve their own mysteries, one intensely personal and the other about how she now relates to her own family as the secrets of the past—the family’s and the country’s—become even more real.Teachers: depending on your students this can be a level 3 or a level 4 book.
El Último Viaje
Synopsis: As a design student, Valeria wants to play an intricate part of the vibrant, colorful, international fashion, and modeling industry in Medellín, Colombia. Her beauty is her passport, and her connections catapult to new heights. Adrenaline, ambition, and adventure drive her thirst for success. As glitz and glam steal her heart, her core values are challenged. Life takes some unexpected turns, and Valeria encounters detours that lead to different paths. Each path has its own set of risks. There comes a time where we each have to choose our own destiny. How will Valeria choose?
For Oscar, life is good. Living and working with his cousins in Dodge City, Kansas, he is living what one might call the American Dream. After many years Oscar finally receives his permanent resident card (green card), and opens a business, a house-painting company. The work is steady and honest. In fact, it is so constant that Oscar looks to buy a new vehicle to support the business. He is offered a truck at an incredible price, but he has to travel to San Antonio in order to pick it up. What should be a quick 2-day trip, turns into one of panic when Oscar loses something he worked so hard to achieve.Michelle is also living a good life. She and her husband, Marcos, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Michelle and Marcos work hard - she as a delivery driver and he as a restaurant manager - in the hopes of bringing the rest of the family to live with them in New Mexico. Marcos is originally from Mexico and has two daughters who still live there with his mother. What the couple lacks, however, is the money needed to secure a lawyer to help with legal paperwork. On one particular trip to San Antonio, though, Michelle’s luck seems to turn when she finds a large sum of cash - a perfect solution to her problem. Or is it?Learn how the lives of two people on separate journeys intersect in San Antonio, one of the colonial cities of the southwest United States.Teachers: this is a level 1 book.
Spanish Level 3+Can an obsession with technology turn deadly? Well, these techy teens are about to find out. Federico and his friends have an insatiable desire to “capture” and “record” every memorable moment. However, not all memories are created equal, and these boys are about to discover this harsh reality. Against the advice of a town elder, these thrill-seeking “know-it-all” teenagers set out to film their usual pranks and upload them to Youtube; but this time they won’t get the last laugh. They stumble upon an incident that has the #danger, written all over it. Anxious to add to their video repertoire, they press record. Now they’ve become the ”victims” of a new crime thriller. There is no turning back. Federico and his friends must outsmart the bad guys, get “deleted” forever."El escape" will take students on a thrilling ride and compel them to contemplate the consequences on the other side of the "Record" button. With a unique vocabulary of approximately 350 words, sprinkled with 19 illustrations, this high-interest level 3 (or 2nd Semester level 2) novel will have students on the edge of their seats. In addition to a plethora of cognates and grammatical structures recycled throughout the story, this novel also features vocabulary associated with family, relationships, and technology.
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"El armario " is on my list to buy for the fall!! Can't put down "Las apariencias engañan" as I pre-read all novels used in my SSR library.I think I may have students who would to FaceTime with you!
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