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Literature

Army of Two / Un Ejército de Dos
Bella Bella
Desolation Canyon / El Cañón de la Desolación
Future Times Past: The Eagle’s Tale
Into the Mainstream: Essays on Spanish American and Latino Literature and Culture
Introducción a la Literatura Infantil en Español
Janko and the Giant: A Story of Old Slovakia / Janko y el Gigante: Una Historia de la Antigua Eslovakia
Historical Residues in the Old Irish Legends of Queen Medb
Laguna
Long Road Home / Un Largo Camino a Casa
Magic Elizabeth / La Magia de Elizabeth
Minnie and Moo in the Seven Wonders of the World / Minnie y Moo en las Siete Maravillas del Mundo
The Monkey King / El Rey Mono
Monsters: Chupacabra
One Island, Many Voices: Conversations with Cuban-American Writers
Orphan Journey Home / El Largo Viaje de Unos Huérfanos al Hogar
Prentice Hall Anthology of Latino Literature
Reading the Sky / Leyendo el Cielo
Secret School / La Escuela Secreta
Shadow of My Father’s Hand / La Sombra de la Mano de Mi Padre
Sudden Squall / Tormenta Repentina
Up in the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers / Arriba en el Aire: La Historia de los Hermanos Wright
Upriver / Río Arriba
Valley of No Return / El Valle Sin Retorno


Army of Two /
Un Ejército de Dos
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

“Army of Two,” written by Betty Miles, is a true story about courage, ingenuity and family. Alone at the Scituate (Massachusetts) lighthouse, two girls save their town from British attack during the War of 1812. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2005. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Bella Bella
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

“Bella Bella,” written by Jonathan London, is an evocative sea-kayaking adventure set in the beautiful but potentially dangerous wilderness off the central coast of British Columbia. The characters fully expect to come across the bald eagles, wolves, bears and even killer whales that they encounter. But what they are not prepared for is a more sinister type of danger: a ruthless sea captain who is determined to become rich off smuggling immigrants into Canada. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2006. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Desolation Canyon / El Cañón de la Desolación
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

“Desolation Canyon,” written by Jonathan London, is a story about children and their dads learning about the world, themselves and the meaning of father and sons, fathers and daughters. Then, too, it is an old-fashioned adventure yarn, full of suspense and danger, but it is not a tale of man against nature, rather, a joining of the two that enriches characters in the story and the people who will read it. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2004. Available Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Future Times Past: The Eagle’s Tale / Tiempos Remotos del Futuro: La Historia de las Aguilas
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

Future Times Past: The Eagle’s Tale,” written by Rafe Martin, is set in the distant future. The people recall when nations vanished because of war and nature’s devastation. They also recall and celebrate the eagles, mysterious aliens who visit and help rebuild civilization. Now the eagles return but their arrival is ominous. Fourteen-year-old Rainera sets out to confront them.

What will she discover: the past, the future or a terrible fate? English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2006. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

 

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

Into the Mainstream: Essays on Spanish American and Latino Literature and Culture
Jorge Febles, editor

Chapter 9: The Matriarch’s Husband: Latina Writers and Male Authority
Eduardo R. del Rio

This book contains essays on Spanish-American and Latino literature.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006 ($69.99). Available from the CSP website or major booksellers.

Del Rio is an associate professor in the English Department.

 

Historical Residues in the Old Irish Legends of Queen Medb: An Expanded Interpretation of the Ulster Cycle
Diana Dominguez

This work is a comparative, feminist, gender-performance analysis of the fictional Irish warrior-queen Medb (pronounced Mayv) who appears in various tales that comprise the medieval Irish “Ulster Cycle.”

Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010 (Hard cover, $119.95). Available from the Mellen Press website or major booksellers.

Dominguez is an assistant professor in the English Department.

 

Introducción a la Literatura Infantil en Español
Lidia Díaz

This is an introductory text for children’s literature written in Spanish, with a theoretical approach to its study, its historical background, a description and explanation of the genres most often focused/worked in children’s books, the mechanisms for the promotion of reading and the fundamental role of a diverse and multicultural children’s literature.

New Jersey: Academic Press ENE, 2006. Available via fax at (732) 933-1075 or the ENE website, or from the UTB/TSC Barnes & Noble Bookstore, (956) 882-8249.

Díaz is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department.

 

Janko and the Giant: A Story of Old Slovakia / Janko y el Gigante: Una Historia de la Antigua Eslovakia
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

Written by Joseph Bruchac, this is a folktale, a nonsense story, an adventure. Set in old world Slovakia, Bruchac draws on the impossible, fanciful adventures of young Janko and his dealings with giants, talking horses, bandits and just plain fun. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2004. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Laguna coverLaguna
Michael Putegnat

Building a Texas ranching empire over four generations they shed blood, sweat and tears – and they didn’t much care whose. Laguna weaves a fast paced tale of murder, intrigue and evil battling against love and the basic goodness of ordinary people in a real world where the outcome is never certain. "Laguna" was winner of the Gold Medal at BookExpo New York in 2007 for Best Regional Fiction.

Austin: Synergy Books, 2006 (Hard cover, $21.95). Available from major booksellers.

Putegnat is director of the Institute for Public Service.

 

Long Road Home / Un Largo Camino a Casa
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

Meli and her once happy and secure Albanian family flee war torn Kosovo. Their journey is dangerous and tension filled. At last they reach the safety of America, only to confront post-9/11 distrust of Muslims. But Meli, in word and deed, has a message for everyone. Written by Katherine Paterson. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2006. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Magic Elizabeth / La Magia de Elizabeth
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

When Sally’s parents are suddenly called away, she is sent to stay with Aunt Sarah who is as scary as her mysterious old house. Sally’s spirits pick up when she discovers an old portrait of a young girl who looks curiously like her, but this girl is holding the most exquisite doll she has ever seen. Sally’s search for it takes her to another time. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2008. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Minnie and Moo in the Seven Wonders of the World / Minnie y Moo en las Siete Maravillas del Mundo
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

Denys Cazet’s “Minnie and Moo in the Seven Wonders of the World” is a funny story. While that is simple to say and experience, writing something funny is very hard. To describe the plot of this story – a couple of zany cows seeking to save their farmer’s farm – is to mention the smallest part of what’s here. Comedy is about character, and perhaps even more so, about language. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2002. Available Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

The Monkey King / El Rey Mono
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor

Ji-li’s “The Monkey King” is a partial retelling of one of China’s favorite classics, “Journey to the West,” a novel of the Ming Dynasty by We Ch’eng-en. Monkey is the most famous comic creation in Chinese fiction. It has been said monkey is mankind – full of faults, ambitions and vanity, but he is also generous, valiant and intrepid. He is mischievous but also delightful. He cannot resist challenge; he loathes self-pity, and above all, he despises despair. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2001. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Laguna coverMonsters: Chupacabra
Terry O’Neill, cover by Carlos G. Gómez

Chupacabras, also called "goat suckers," earned their name in the mid 1990s in Puerto Rico, where they were first reportedly sighted and blamed for numerous gruesome killings of domestic and livestock animals. As reported sightings and attacks spread through Central America, Mexico, and the United States, chupacabras developed a notorious reputation amongst believers and became figures in popular culture.

Farmington Hills, Michigan: KidHaven Press, 2008 (Hard cover, $27.00). Available from the publisher's website.

Gómez is a professor of fine art.

 

One Island, Many Voices: Conversations with Cuban-American Writers
Eduardo R. del Rio

A collection of interviews with 12 of the country’s most distinguished Cuban-American writers.

Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 2008 (Soft cover, $22.95). Available at the UA Press website and major booksellers.

Del Rio is an associate professor in the English Department.

 

Orphan Journey Home / El Largo Viaje de Unos Huérfanos al Hogar
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor 

Based on a true story that took place in 1828, “Orphan Journey Home,” written by Liza Ketchum, celebrates the courage, strength and resourcefulness of four pioneer children who were determined against all odds, to honor their father’s wishes and make their way back to the safety of their Kentucky home. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2007. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

The Prentice Hall Anthology of Latino Literature
Eduardo R. del Rio, editor 

A collection of poetry and prose (short story and drama) by Latino authors of Mexican-American, Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-American descent. The text focuses on Latino authors who were either born or raised in the United States and who write primarily in

English. In this way, the text concentrates on works and authors who have been forged by a dual consciousness.

New York: Prentice Hall, 2001 (Soft cover, $74.33). Available at the UTB/TSC Barnes & Noble Bookstore, (956) 882-8249, and from major booksellers.

Del Rio is an associate professor in the English Department.

 

Reading the Sky / Leyendo el Cielo
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor 

Dyslexic Jamie can’t read printed words, only clouds. What he sees is wondrous to him, unbelievable to others, dangerous to all: a man in a business suit parachutes from an airplane with a million dollars. The thief kidnaps Gillian who leaves a key message. Jamie reports the thief but isn’t believed. Then he finds the message, which he can’t read. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2005. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

The Secret School / La Escuela Secreta
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor 

Written by Avi, this story is set in 1920s rural Colorado. When the regular teacher of the valley’s one-room schoolhouse must leave, bringing an early school closing, the children take over secretly, but there are many problems to surmount: Trouble-making Herbert Bixler, a suspicious school board, plus the fact that the new teacher, Ida Bidson, is not only one of the students but only 14 years old. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2000. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

The Shadow of My Father’s Hand / La Sombra de la Mano de Mi Padre
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor 

It’s 1864, and the Civil War is still raging. This haunting personal war story, written by Craig Crist-Evans, is conveyed through a poignant narrative at once a story of family, of friendship, of the horrors of war and of one boy’s struggle to survive and grow up. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2007. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Sudden Squall / Tormenta Repentina
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor
 

The Neptune is a side paddle freighter that carries produce from New Port, New Jersey to New York City. Normally, the voyage is routine, but one spring day, what’s routine is thrown overboard. Written by Avi, this book is a maritime adventure with unlikely heroes. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2007. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Up in the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers / Arriba en el Aire: La Historia de los Hermanos Wright
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor
 

Written by Brian Floca, this is a historical fiction based on the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s invention of the airplane. The story brings immediacy and life to the actual events, methods, and ideas of the Wright brothers’ story. English and Spanish editions are currently available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2003. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

Upriver / Río Arriba
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor
 

It’s the Dakota Territory, 1866: Eleven-year-old Iah Thomas, witnesses the kidnapping of a girl, Vinca. When he finds her held captive on a riverboat, it’s just the beginning of a rousing adventure. Reminiscent of Mark Twain, this exciting adventure captures the rich tones, unique vocabulary and excitement of America’s post-Civil War West. English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2007. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

 

The Valley of No Return / El Valle Sin Retorno
Cipriano Cárdenas, Spanish editor 

Written by John Tomer, this is a story of two young people from diverse backgrounds – one, the son of a mining engineer; the other, a daughter of the tribal chief whose people are threatened with exile from their ancestral land – and of the lessons learned as they struggle for survival.

English and Spanish language editions available.

Denver, Colorado: Breakfast Serials Inc., 2002. Available from the Breakfast Serials website.

Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He is Spanish editor for bilingual Breakfast Serials editions published in the United States and distributed internationally.

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