My Name Is Maria Isabel (Paperback)

By Alma Flor Ada, K. Dyble Thompson (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9780689802171, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1995



For Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marias in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
But Maria Isabel has been named for her Papa's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?