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Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs

We were sad to hear about the deaths, just before the New Year, of Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) and Marilyn Sachs (1927-2016), two of children’s literature’s Great Ladies. Cofer’s 1995 linked short story collection An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio was a touchstone work in children’s books: “A milestone in multicultural publishing for […]

Review of An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio

Judith Ortiz Cofer    An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio Older   165 pp.   Kroupa/Orchard Books    4/95 ISBN 0-531-06897-7 $15.95    Library edition ISBN 0-531-08747-6 $15.99 Set in a New Jersey barrio, these twelve short stories feature Puerto Rican teenagers who speak in characteristic yet very distinct voices and appear in each others’ stories the […]