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The House on Mango Street
Contributor(s): Cisneros, Sandra (Author)

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ISBN: 0679734775     ISBN-13: 9780679734772
Publisher: Vintage
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 1991
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Annotation: Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics.
Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong--not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2009464700
Lexile Measure: 870(Not Available)
Guided Reading: W (Grade 6)
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5.1" W x 8" (0.35 lbs) 128 pages
Themes:
- Cultural Region - Great Lakes
- Cultural Region - Midwest
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
- Ethnic Orientation - Latino
- Geographic Orientation - Illinois
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 20914
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 3.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world," "The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous - it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Contributor Bio(s):

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized among The Frederick Douglass 200, and was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.

Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation.

In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two non-profits she founded: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. She is also the organizer of Los MacArturos, Latino MacArthur fellows who are community activists. Her literary papers are preserved in Texas at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. 

Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and earns her living by her pen. She currently lives in San Miguel de Allende.



Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1991 March #2)
Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment. (Apr.)no PW review Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.
 
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