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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Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself.

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Another reason why I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars is because is written in a sense that you can understand it. Maria admires her father, who now works as an apartment building superintendent, for his hard work and how well-liked he is among the residents.

Nov 21, Jordy Baez rated it it was amazing. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The poem about her friend is lovely, “Picture of Whoopee”: Through the people she meets, the mother she loves and the island she never forgets she begins to figure out who she is. This provided the reader with a great understanding and a good sense of the book by not always having the author narrating the book. Her father who recently became depressed wants to go back to New York, but her mother who w Call Me Maria is contemporary fiction book by Judith Ortiz Cofer.

As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. For being only 15 years old, she is very adult and forces herself to be independent. About the Author Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants.

Call Me Maria Summary & Study Guide

The teacher tells her that she is a poet, and she diligently tries to understand the beauty of Spanish, English, and Spanglish – the language of her father and her barrio neighbors. Cofre see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.


Maria tells Papi cifer is her hero. Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. This book is a fabulous read for people who know some Spanish.

I say this because even though she saw herself as down in the underground during sometimes in school, she always picks herself up and thinks of the positive. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It gives insight into the barrio life as well as a comparison to life in the country Maria came from, Puerto Rico.

It accounts for the emotions of a recent immigrant entering the North American educational system. Nov 25, Cecilia rated it really liked it Shelves: Great for mini-lessons and read alouds. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Maria uses poems, rhymes, and songs to help her learn, and I would encourage my students to do the same. A great read that teaches how although someone maybe the same race, they can b A book about a girl named Maria who chose to move to New York madia her father leaving her island of Puerto Rico, her beloved home, behind along with her mother. Judith Ortiz Cofer is a very good author and does a good job at switching up the way she is writing.

By the end of the book, s This was really a lovely book. Trivia About Call Me Maria. Her parents separate from each other early in the novel and from the get go, Ortiiz is forced to choose which parent to live with. She moved to Paterson, New Jersey with her family in Call Me Maria — Letter to Maria. The book was very well-written and had a sweet story. I thought the language in the book was lovely and I enjoyed Cofer’s poetic style. She was given a choice about whether to stay in PR 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.


Fifteen-year old Maria lives in the New York City barrio with her father in order to get an American education, coferr her mother remains at home in Puerto Rico. However the plot was very simple with very little conflict or action, I do not believe the average middle school student would pick it up.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I would recommend this book to high level middle school and high school readers with some reservations.

A young Puerto Rican girl, fresh from the island and her struggle to survive in the main land. What is beautiful about this book is not just the sincerity with which Maria confronts all of the changes in her life but the playfulness that she exhibits through her language.

Language also becomes an important theme. Short stories tell the story of her active life, poetry reveals her insights, feelings, and transformations, and letters to her mother keep a dialogue alive between her old self and her new self. I love reading about characters who will always pick themselves up and have a positive attitude because a lot of the time I learn life lessons from them.


I also agree that this book is a very well written book in the sense that it is easy to understand what is going on. Maria sympathizes with Mr. Maria tries to ignore everything and make the best out of things. He immediately feels at home, slowly but steadily overcoming his depression.

Write a customer review. I love this quote because even though Maria and her Mom are not living together and have not seen each other in a while, Maria still takes advice from her mom and looks up to her as a role model from their postcards and letters back and forth to each cofsr.