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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As later Maria begins to feel better when Call Me Maria By Judith Ortiz Cofer It is a beautiful day even in this barrio, I am almost unhappy” This quote shows how Maria begins to feel sad and lonely throughout the book in her lonely barrio without dall mom.

Nov 30, Lizzy rated it liked it. She was given a choice about whether to stay in Jucith or go to This book comes fifth in my text set as it now moves into addressing diversity with respect to ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status.

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The last reason why I would recommend this book is because bt being a high schooler, I could connect well to it so I think that others could. Maria constantly feels a pull between the new world and the old. At times, the story is predictable when compared to other tales of growing up and making your way in the world.

Abuela dislikes America, and the Barrio especially.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. I’ve studied Spanish, so it was no problem for me.

Sometimes she’s “Maria Alegre” and other times “Maria Triste. She does this by changing the writing from prose to poetry by Maira and letters also written by Maria. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the struggles that immigrants face when coming to a different country or any place different from their homeland.


In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope. Read more from the Study Guide. Although, sometimes Maria just writes letters to her mother and focuses on the happiness in her life rather then how she is really feeling at the moment. This section contains words approx.

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Maria is very confused in the middle of the book. As Maria learns what it means to be Puerto Rican in America, she must also decide which world she wants to belong to, which parent she wants to stay with.

Maria chooses to go with her father to New York, leaving her mother in Puerto Rico, so that she can get an American education. Jan 18, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: She learns about American language and customs, develops new ways of thinking, new friends and new interests and eventually settles into her life. Oct 29, Anna rated it liked it.

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. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

She’s torn between being the Puerto Rican island girl and adjusting to her new life as a New Yorker in the barrio. Maria juduth also an emerging poet, putting her thoughts and feelings into poetry which earns the approval of her favorite teacher, Mr. Call Me Maria is about a girl trying to find herself and her voice. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


Oct 23, Amy rated it really liked it. Its very different from the books I have read.

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer

jucith Call Me Maria could easily be integrated into a unit about culture or language. When I Was Puerto Rican: Many would think that something bad or difficult would occur but it was an easy transition for them into their new apartment.

She chose NY because she wanted an American college education so that she could become a teacher. As time goes on, Maria definitely grows into a person who is very much changed from when she and her parents lived together in Puerto Rico. She misses her life back in Puerto Rico.

The author writes this novel in a variety of ways such as: Inshe became the first Hispanic to win the O. She moved to Paterson, New Jersey with her family in As the spring comes on, Maria begins to grow happier with her life.

I felt that the author did a great job of exploring the conflict Maria feels through Maria’s own poems and writings.

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And because of that i enjoyed reading it a little. See all 3 questions about Call Me Maria…. I love the way Cofer writes! I could relate to some parts of the book.