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My Name Is Maria Isabel

Illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson

    About The Book

    For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
    But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?

    About The Author

    Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

    About The Illustrator

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 1, 1995)
    • Length: 64 pages
    • ISBN13: 9780689802171
    • Grades: 2 - 5
    • Ages: 7 - 10
    • Fountas & Pinnell™ N These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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    Awards and Honors

    • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book

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