Books by Judith Ortiz Cofer

THE POET UPSTAIRS by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Released: Nov. 30, 2012

"This interesting-enough, though obvious tale is made remarkable by its illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
With help from her imagination and the poet upstairs, a young Latina escapes a dreary winter in the city. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2012

"Although a worthy addition due to the scarcity of such books, the sparse collection would have been strengthened by additional tales. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Cofer offers a slim bilingual collection of animal tales. Read full book review >
<i>¡A BAILAR!</i> LET'S DANCE! by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"An earnest effort that unfortunately falls short. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Excitement builds for a little girl and her Mami as they dance through the streets of their barrio to hear Papi play salsa on his trombone. Read full book review >
IF I COULD FLY by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Released: May 24, 2011

Sixteen years after the publication of the Pura Belpré-winning An Island Like You (1995), Cofer returns to the characters of her New Jersey barrio with an affecting treatment of one girl's coming-of-age. Read full book review >
CALL ME MARIA by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"It's a lovely work that should appeal not only to young Hispanic readers, but also to the general reader. (Fiction. 12+)"
This affecting mix of poetry and prose follows the life of a 13-year-old Puerto Rican girl who leaves her island and mother to live with her father in New York City. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Perfect for girls growing out of YA titles, and adults will also savor this lovely coming-of-age tale for its elegant language and nuanced but definite judgments about manners and morals."
The young narrator and her native Puerto Rico go through major transitions, in this reflective second novel by Cofer (The Line of the Sun, 1989; stories: The Year of Our Revolution, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Simultaneously serious, funny, and extremely lyrical, Cofer's intonation is authentic and her book has real worth. (Fiction. 12+)"
A pastiche of 12 short stories about Puerto RicanAmerican teenagers growing up in a New Jersey barrio. Read full book review >
THE LATIN DELI by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"With the poetry accenting and enhancing themes revealed in the prose: a remarkably cohesive, moving collection—a tribute both to Cofer's considerable talent and her heritage."
A compassionate, delicate rendering of Puerto Rican life in America—told in poetry and 15 short stories—as Cofer continues to explore territory first described in her debut novel, The Line of The Sun (1989). Read full book review >

Poet Cofer's first novel explores Puerto Rican life, both on The Island and in El Building, a New Jersey tenement. Read full book review >