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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There are themes of cultures, identity, family, and belonging.

First Person Fiction Paperback: This novel depicts the struggles of a girl trying to find a belonging and identity while being caught between ke worlds. This book not only enlightens students about their own culture and how others adapt in the United States, but also demonstrates how poetry can be used as an outlet of expression. Oct 27, Lamir rated it liked it.

Feb 27, NoNieqa Ramos rated it it was amazing. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself. Call Me Marie bridges the gap bh cultures and countries, Puerto Rico where she was born and New York, where she must learn to adapt culturally and mariia to her new environment. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

View the Study Pack. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I felt that the author did a judigh job of exploring the conflict Maria feels through Maria’s own poems and writings.

She does this by changing the writing from prose to poetry by Maira and letters also written by Maria. I love the author’s style because she is trying to put her self in to Maria’s shoes and she is trying to be the character. Call Me Maria is about a girl trying to find judirh and her voice. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Although, sometimes Maria just ortoz letters to her mother and focuses on the happiness in her life rather then how she is really feeling at the moment. Warning to tho Fifteen-year-old Coofer is living in the New York City barrio with her father in order to get an American education, while her mother remains at home in Puerto Rico.

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 much as she wants to go back and live with her mother again shes scared what This book is about a girl named Maria who lived in Puerto Rico but moves to New York with her dad when she gets older.

She also tries to master Spanglish, a blend of English and Spanish and a language in its own right in the Barrio. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This novel is beautifully written in three forms, letters, poetry and prose. Ortiz Cofer’s autobiographical work often focuses on her attempts at negotiating her life between two cultures, American and Puerto Rican, and how this process informs her sensibilities as a writer.

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 her mom. Heartbreaking, whimsical, and inventive, this is a beautiful novel which succeeds on many grounds. In conclusion I personally belief “Call me Maria” is an amazing book and you should check it out sometime than you would get the concept and ideas and why I liked it.

Books by Judith Ortiz Cofer. She expresses her difficulties of going to a new school and speaking Spanish and English, which is Spanglish. A life lesson that I gained is when you least expect it people will be looking out for you.


This is a novel where a young girl is attempting to choose between living an American life and staying true to her Puerto Rican roots.

Call Me Maria Summary & Study Guide

The poem about her friend is lovely, “Picture of Whoopee”: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My favorite character throughout the book was Maria.

Her mother, an island Puerto Rican, remains behind but keeps Maria bound to her native land and language through letters. As the spring comes on, Maria begins to grow happier with her life. Maria constantly feels a pull between the new world and the old. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Ortiz Cofer’s work can largely be classified as creative nonfiction. I would give this book 3 stars from 5 because it get boring with because she keep repeating the same thing over and over, but what mmaria it a 3 is that it has small interesting poems describing what’s happening around her.

I will definitely be reading more by her and ordering her books for my library! 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.

In this novel, Call Me Maria, written in letters, poems, and prose, Judith Ortiz Cofer offers a look into the life of a Puerto Rican immigrant as she adjusts to life in the United States with her father while her mother stays back on the island.