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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Telling the story through letters, poems, and prose makes for a very quick, easy, and enjoyable read.

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Paperbackpages. This is a book with many great characters, each with their own story and struggle. Shabrina her relationship is strong but not quite there you will see once you read the story. The poetry that is included in this novel is incredible with the visuals it offers to the story. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Nov 21, Jordy Baez rated it it was amazing. About Judith Ortiz Cofer. There are themes of cultures, identity, family, and belonging. Her father, originally cofed in the New York barrio, hated the island that he thought was supposed to be his home.


Her parents are getting divorced.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself. She is slowly letting go of her island accent and is learning to embrace not only English, but Spanglish, the Spanish-English slang hybrid language spoken in the barrio.

It can provide enjoyment and illuminate the human experience as well as by offering varying perspectives.

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He needs his Maria Alegre and he needs to feel the concrete and snow beneath his feet. The Line of the Sun. Call Me Maria from BookRags. Through the letters and encouragement from her teachers, Maria explores her love and talent for writing. She has moved there with her father, Papi. I felt that the author did a great job of exploring the conflict Maria feels through Maria’s own poems and writings. Judith Ortiz Cofer born in is a Puerto Rican author.

This is a novel where a young girl is attempting to choose between living an American life and staying true to her Puerto Rican roots. Return to Book Page.

I would recommend this book for th grade students because self-identity is something that is constantly being questioned as students change physically and mentally. Through a beautiful combination of prose, letters and, poems, Maria finds her inner voice and is able to express herself beautifully.


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. View the Study Pack.

I can see it appealing to ELL middle school girls. Maria associates much of her identity with the language she speaks. This happened when the people orfiz lived upstairs of Maria in Florida with her mom, wrote Maria letters to make sure she was doing well.

This is a very intriguing novel. By the end of the book, she is masterfully trilingual in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Juvith say this because even though she saw herself as down in the underground during sometimes in school, she always picks herself up and thinks of the positive. Golden, who cofr English class. I also really enjoyed it because it showed the letter that Maria wrote to her mom and the letters that Marias mom wrote to her.

I love the way Cofer writes! This is a fantastic text to teach descriptive language and poetic devices.