Sunday, September 27, 2009

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month I'm giving away 8 books with Latino/a main characters!

There will be 5 winners. The first winner will pick 3 books, the 2nd winner will pick 2 books and the other winners will each get one.

Ends: Thursday Oct. 8 at 11:59 PM CT
Open: Internationally (some authors are mailing the books to the winners, those books are only open to U.S. residents. A * means it's open to U.S. residents only)

Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena *

Danny's tall and skinny.
Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any
college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team.
Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’s brown. Half-
Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else
knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak
Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged.

Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that’s why he’s
spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the
demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.

Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gil
Girl meets boy at a car wash.
"Dog," she says.
"Dude," he says.
And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance. . . .
If Beals hadn't been sitting next to her in the car.
If Beals hadn't been a supernatural repo man looking to repossess her car.
And to possess her

Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra

Graffiti art. It's bold. It's thrilling. And it can get a girl into serious trouble....

Raised by her single mom (who's always dating the wrong kind of man) in a struggling California neighborhood, Angel Rodriguez is a headstrong, independent young woman who channels her hopes and dreams for the future into her painting. But when her entry for a community mural doesn't rate, she's heartbroken. Even with winning artist Nathan Ramos -- a senior track star and Angel's secret crush -- taking a sudden interest in Angel and her art, she's angry and hurt. She's determined to find her own place in the art world, her own way.

That's when Miguel Badalin -- from the notorious graffiti crew Reyes Del Norte -- opens her eyes to an underground world of graf tags and turf wars. She's blown away by this bad boy's fantastic work and finds herself drawn to his dangerous charm. Soon she's running with Miguel's crew, pushing her skills to the limit and beginning to emerge as the artist she always dreamed she could be. But Nathan and Miguel are bitter enemies with a shared past, and choosing between them and their wildly different approaches to life and art means that Angel must decide what matters most before the artist inside of her can truly break free.

Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra

Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be -- compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer.

Because Kara has a gift -- one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she's been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she's been warned about -- until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it's her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it's too late...or lead her even further into danger?

Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
Here's what it means to be a tortillera.
It means you're a girl who loves girls.
Which means you get kicked out of Catholic school faster than Mother Superior Sicko can say "immoral."

Which means your wacko Mami finds out.

Which means you're kicked to the curb with nowhere to go, and the love of your life is shipped off to Puerto Rico to marry a guy.

But this is Miami, and if you have a bighearted best friend and a loyal puppy at your side, and if your broken heart is still full of love, you just might land on your feet.

Amigas and School Scandals by Diana Rodriguez Wallach Book #2 *

(I have read this book just not yet reviewed it. I'm going to re-read it, but I'd say it's in the 3-5 rating).

Mariana Ruiz is bringing a lot home from her vacation in Puerto Rico, including memories of a hot summer romance, a new understanding of her cousin Lilly Sanchez who's enrolling in Mariana's suburban Philadelphia high school.Mariana's best friends, Madison and Emily, aren't thrilled about the new arrival, especially when Lilly soars through the ranks of Spring Mills High's social circles. But Mariana has other things on her mind. Like Mariana's developing crush on her locker buddy, Bobby, the one boy to ever take Emily on a real date. But it's the revelations at Mariana's Sweet 16 party that make it clear that life at Spring Mills High School will never be the same again.

Muchacho by Louanne Johnson (2 copies)
Eddie Corazon is angry. He’s also very smart. But he’s working pretty hard at being a juvenile delinquent. He blows off school, even though he’s a secret reader. He hangs with his cousins, who will always back him up—when they aren’t in jail.

Then along comes Lupe, who makes his blood race. She sees something in Eddie he doesn’t even see in himself. A heart, and a mind, and something more: a poet. But in Eddie’s world, it’s a thin line between tragedy and glory. And what goes down is entirely in Eddie’s hands.

Gripping, thought-provoking, and hopeful, Muchacho is a rare and inspiring story about one teen’s determination to fight his circumstances and shape his own destiny
To enter: leave a comment with your email address. The comment needs to answer one of the foll wing questions:
1.Why do you like Hispanic Heritage Month?
2. Your favorite aspect of Latino culture
3. If you could visit any Spanish-speaking country what would it be? Why?
Must leave your email address!
+2 If you become a follower
+1 If you comment on any of my reviews starting from Rogelia's House of Magic
+2 If you link to the giveaway in your sidebar
+3 If you write a post about the giveaway or a post about Hispanic Heritage Month (list of book suggestions, a book review about Latinos, etc.) Leave an extra comment with the link.
Good luck everyone!
Viva Hispanic Heritage Month! :D


  1. I love learning anout a number of different cultures. :) I love the food, and I would visit Spain. I love it from the pictures I've seen.

  2. i love hispanic heritage month because i am hispanic and am very proud of my culture. People may say they like the diversity or whatever but really its the food it's too good to be true(my mom cooks the best tamales). If i could visit any spanish speaking country it would be Mexico because i've never been there.
    +2 old follower
    +2 linked under contests
    oh great contest

  3. I would love to visit Puerto Rico, because English and Spanish is spoken and I wouldn't need a passport.
    +2 follower

  4. Well, I'm Mexican so I like September since it's the month of independence. My mom's b-day is a day before it! :)

    All these books sound really cool and I'm a little sad that I haven't heard of them before. Have you read Perfect Chemistry? My favorite book ever, I think. I think I would visit Spain since that's where it all started.

    +2-I'm following

    +3-I posted it on my sidebar at

  5. WOW--what a great contest! What I love about Latino culture is what I love about black culture: respect for ancestors and elders, the centrality of family, and the FOOD! I'd love to visit Belize someday. I re-posted Susan & Doret's list of Latino books, and included 5 links to my own reviews of books by or about Latinos.

    Is that +3? zettaelliott at yahoo dot com

  6. I've already visited several Spanish-speaking countries, but the next on my list is Argentina. Why? They play awesome soccer, have an interesting Europe-influenced culture, and a really hoppin' capital city. Plus, there are the Andes and Patagonia and bits of Antarctica. Awesome!
    +2 I'm a follower
    +2 linking this giveaway on my blog sidebar



  7. Hi Sweetie, hmmm the only thing I can say about all three questions is you got to taste my Tia's rice. No one in no place makes it as good.
    bad at math

    BTW Matt de la Pena is the man. the guy is sweet.
    i'm a follower
    i've tweeted this post
    and jumped up and down all over my room shouting She did it again! She did it again! She created a type of contest no one else has. MissAttitude is no one to mess with!!!!!
    Jo Ann Hernandez
    White Bread Competition
    The Throwaway Piece
    BronzeWord Latino Authors
    BronzeWord1 AT yahoo com
    I'm having to use anonymouse because this kind of comment box my computer doesn't like sorry

  8. p.s. I am a major non techie and can't figure out how to post your link on my blog's sidebar. sorry. Jo Ann

  9. I like Hispanic Heritage Month cause it's nice to know more about books that showcase different cultures. Plus, I kind of look Hispanic myself since I'm from the Philippines (w/c used to a colony of Spain). :) And I think I'd love to visit Spain!

    +2 I just followed your blog.
    +2 linked this on my sidebar:


  10. I like Hispanic Heritage Month because it draws my attention to the type of books I don't normally read. I love reading different types of books.

    I have just become a follower of your blog.


  11. My favorite aspect of Latino culture is the food, so flavorful.

  12. 1.Why do you like Hispanic Heritage Month? - I think it's interesting to learn about other cultures and other ways of living, which you do when you read for example hispanic books.
    2. Your favorite aspect of Latino culture - I love that the people is very nice and warm-hearted (at least the ones I met)I also love the food!!
    3. If you could visit any Spanish-speaking country what would it be? - Oh so many! I would love to go to Argentina, Chile and Brazil! I've never been to South America.

    +2 If you become a follower

    My email: sosarora_11(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  13. I am an elementary school Spanish teacher and love Hispanic Heritage Month because it reminds me not to just teach language, but culture is just important. I love to celebrate famous Latinos to show my students that there is a lot more to the Spanish speaking world than a 30 minute class three times a week.

    I am a follower as well.

    supertalya @ gmail . com

  14. I enjoy books about other cultures. I would love to visit Argentina someday!
    Thanks for the chance to win some great sounding books!

  15. I am a new follower and would love to be included in this great giveaway.
    I just enjoy the culture so much, whether
    it is music, food, everything.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  16. Which Spanish speaking country would I NOT want to visit might be a better question!! I've only visiting one (Spain) but can't think of any in Latin America I wouldn't want to see! Mexico would a be great place to start, given it's size and influence on Latino culture in the US. Or maybe Equitorial Guinea!

  17. My favorite aspect of Latino culture is the literature. The literature not only debunks and deconstructs stereotypes. It is also delightful and insightful, engaging readers with plots and characters that are sharp, stirring, and scintillating.

    name: Allie
    e-mail: AlliePenguin0084 [at] aol [dot] com

  18. QUALITY I really like this, it reminds me of a graffiti artist I saw at their is a few more good graffiti artists on the site.

  19. Oh, I'm a foodie. I'm very interested eating Cuban food. Love authentic Mexican food.

    I follow your blog already, comment to Rogelia's. I tweeted your contest. Check sidebar at BES.

  20. 1.Why do you like Hispanic Heritage Month? I love learning about all heritages. unfortunately it is only during HHM or BHM that the world allows that extra peek into our cultures.
    2. Your favorite aspect of Latino culture...The food..can not say enough about the yummy diverse options.
    3. If you could visit any Spanish-speaking country what would it be? Spain Why?I send alot of clients there and it would be an awesome place to start.

    following from my blog

  21. 1. Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to share history and culture that otherwise does not get enough time in the spotlight.
    2. Performing and visual arts get all tied up in a beautiful, interrelated bundle for me.
    3. Back to Mexico, because my one visit to Oaxaca was far from enough. so much to see and explore.


    i'll be linking from my blog

  22. These books look awesome! I hope my name is picked!

    I would like to visit Guatemala to see the country where my nephew was born (& adopted from as a baby).

    +2 Follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  23. I'd love to visit Spain because I'd love to experience their culture.

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  24. Enter me please! I think this is such a great giveaway! Thank you for promoting Hispanic Heritage Month!

    2. Your favorite aspect of Latino culture - I love so much about it! The art, history, the beauty of the Spanish language, and the food (especially tamales)!

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