2000 Américas Award


CrashBoomLove by Juan Felipe Herrera (University of New Mexico Press, 1999)

Sixteen-year-old César García is careening. His father, Papi César, has left the migrant circuit in California for his other wife and children in Denver. Sweet Mama Lucy tries to provide for her son with dichos and tales of her own misspent youth. But at Rambling West High School in Fowlerville, the sides are drawn: Hmongs vs. Chicanos vs. everybody vs....
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Honorable Mentions

Cuba: After the Revolution by Bernard Wolf (Dutton, 1999).

Magic Windows / Ventanas mágicas by Carmen Lomas Garza and translated into Spanish by Francisco X. Alarcón (Children’s Book Press)

Commended Titles

A is for Americas by Cynthia Chin-Lee and Terri de la Peña and illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez (Orchard, 1999).

Angels Ride Bikes / Los ángeles andan en bicicleta by Francisco X. Alarcón and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children’s Book Press, 1999).

Asphalt Angels by Ineke Holtwijk and translated from the Dutch by Wanda Boeke (Front Street Press, 1999).

Carnaval by George Ancona (Harcourt, Brace, 1992).

Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Hernández Madrigal and illustrated by Tomie dePaola (G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1999).

I’m José and I’m Okay: Three Stories from Bolivia by Wener Holzwarth and translated from the German by Laura McKenna (Kane/Miller, 1999).

Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess and illustrated by Alex Aylife (Dial, 1999).

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way: A Barrio Story / No tiene que ser así: Una historia del barrio by Luis J. Rodríguez and illustrated by Daniel Galvez (Children’s Book Press, 1999).

Two Days in May by Harriet Peck Taylor and illustrated by Leyla Torres (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1999).

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