Title Profile & Character Information

Call Me Maria

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, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself.
In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.

Author Notes
  Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Paterson, New Jersey, as a child. The New York Times has deemed her "a writer of authentic gifts, with a genuine and important story to tell." Orchard Books published Cofer's book An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio, which won the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award, among many others. Cofer's other books include The Meaning of Consuelo, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, which was awarded the 1991 PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction and was named a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age. She is the Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, and lives in Louisville, and Athens, Georgia, with her family
Call Me Maria is part of First Person Fiction, which features authors from a variety of backgrounds writing about the experience of coming to America
TraitPuerto Rican

Coming of age
Life changes
SettingNew York
Puerto Rico