The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

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This book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2009
Edition: Second Vintage Contemporaries edition, twenty-fifth anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780679734772
0679734775
Branch Call Number: FIC Cisneros, S 2009
Characteristics: xxvii, 110 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Other books by this author include Caramelo
and A House of My Own.


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MelissaYAReader
Aug 25, 2017

A story told in vignettes and language that is poetic. This book captures moments from young Esperanza's life, and her neighborhood on Mango Street. Some stories are hopeful and full of joy, while other stories are devastating. The language is poetic, and chapters short. Each chapter provides the reader with a peak into Esperanza's life on Mango Street. A classic!

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EmmeliaM
Jan 22, 2017

I had to read this for school. It's one of the most boring books I've ever read.

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mayog
Dec 17, 2016

The book is deceptively simple, almost lean, in prose. At times it reads more like poetry. However, as the story progresses we follow a young Chicana as she moves from childhood to adolescence and finds her own voice and her own hope.

Esperanza --Hope-- her voice animates the community in which she lives, the house to which she has never wanted to belong, the world in which she finds herself.

As she does, we hear the voices of those she has returned for in this book: "the ones who cannot out..."

There is wonderful imagery here. Accessible by someone in junior high, it is a meditation on race, class, gender and coming of age for adults of every generation.

PimaLib_CinthiaT May 11, 2016

My very favorite all time books to teach. I taught this every year to my 7th graders. It brings up many issues for tweens. They enjoyed class discussions. I also had them create/paint a giant map with each house in the Mango Street neighborhood, including the people/traits and a quote as an end of the unit project.

LPL_KateG Feb 10, 2016

I especially enjoyed the introduction by the author in this edition. Cisneros has a beautiful, descriptive writing style, and I look forward to exploring more of her writing. This one is suitable for around middle-school and older!

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IleahK
Aug 30, 2015

Meh. I like what this book is trying to say, but I think it's trying too hard to say it.

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msemos
Jul 28, 2015

I enjoyed most of the episodes in this book. it is a world that I knew nothing about and I thought that this was great introduction to what she had experienced

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stuckums
Jul 20, 2015

I don't know if am the only one but at first I didn't like this book but as I continue to read it I enjoyed it

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Widentza
Jul 19, 2014

I learned that sometimes you might be in the right place but don't realize it. And where you live makes you who you are based on the experiences you have and the people around you.

orange_turtle_200 Jul 15, 2014

I thought this book because it wasn't just a story it was many stories that made up her neighborhood

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orange_turtle_200 Jul 15, 2014

The House on Mango Street shows the life of Esperanza a girl who tells the story of her life from different angles. When her family moves to a house on Mango Street, Esperanza wants and hopes for a better house without realizing how great her house is, despite all of the different subjects that come up, such as segregation, a run-down neighborhood, and being poor. Past all of that she has a family that loves her and a house to stay in which is half of what some people have in her neighborhood

Ripa33 Jun 06, 2013

The House on Mango Street is a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana who is about twelve years old when the novel begins. During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is a huge improvement from the family’s previous apartment, and it is the first home her parents actually own. However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated. Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a house all her own.

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BieberFever108
Oct 18, 2012

This book is about a strong willed mexican girl, named Esperanza, who lives in the Hispanic district of Chicago. It is vignettes of her life living in her tiny house on Mango Street. Esperanza is slowly finding out who she is throughout the book. She wants to break free of her bubble she is in; move somewhere else and have power. She is only a young girl with a dream of finding a better life.

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