Boy Zorro and the Bully/El niño Zorro y el Pelón by Aragon, Illustrated by Noê III
Every day Benny Lopez woke up looking for a way to help people. One day he finds a mask and wears it while helping an elderly lady crosses a busy street. With that act of grace, he becomes Boy Zorro—defender of good. Then, one morning at school, he helps stop a bully from intimidating another student. The bully is punished and sees the error of his ways. Boy Zorro made a difference. This book helps children understand that bullying is hurtful and wrong but when everyone does their part, it can be stopped.
The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel by Cristina Henriquez
A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own. After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave México and come to America. But upon settling, they discover that Maribel’s recovery-the piece of the American Dream on which they’ve pinned all their hopes-will not be easy. Every task seems to confront them with language, racial, and cultural obstacles. Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters, this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American.
Chasing the Sun: A novel by Natalia Sylvester
Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’ll do anything to get her back. Or will he? Andres struggles to maintain the illusion of control while simultaneously scrambling to collect his wife’s ransom, tending to the needs of his two young children, and reconnecting with an old friend who may hold the key to his past and his wife’s future. Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.
Hold On Pain Ends by Rosa Olivia Sanchez Salazar
After what 17-year-old Hope Scott thinks was an awful, dreadful dream of her suicide, the afternoon before she finds herself being awakened by her parents’ grieving argument as they walk in the house after having gone through the awful process of identifying their daughter at the local morgue. Confused of their behavior, Hope runs after her father as this one goes for a walk. Crossing the street she discovers she’s a ghost as a car runs through her. Scared, Hope runs back home to her grieving mother. Hope explains to her about years of depression, self-harm and self-loathing that led the girl to her actions the night before. The purpose of this story is not to praise self-harm nor suicidal tendencies that often come along with depression, but to help other teens going through this terrible illness know they are not alone and to stop and reflect before they act on their suicidal thoughts.
Frontera is set in the dangerous area between the United States and Mexico. After crossing the border illegally for work, Miguel, a hard-working father and devoted husband, finds himself wrongfully accused of murdering a former sheriff’s wife. After learning of his imprisonment, Miguel’s pregnant wife tries to come to his aid and lands in the hands of corrupt coyotes that hold her for ransom. Dissatisfied with the police department’s investigation, the former sheriff tries to uncover the truth about his wife’s death and discovers disturbing evidence that will destroy one family’s future, or tear another’s apart. Release date: September 5, 2014.
Robert Downey, Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Release date: October 10, 2014.
The Book of Life
Set in a fantastical, colorful world, The Book of Life is the story of a young man who must face his greatest fears and follow his heart in order to rewrite his destiny. Filled with love, laughter, music and suspense, this big adventure for the whole family will warm the hearts of audiences as it reminds every one of the importance of honoring the past while embracing the future. Release date: October 17, 2014.
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