Alternative Literary Works

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This unit uses The House on Mango Street (1991) as an example of a literary work on which to base the unit project. Other works, which can be found on the California Department of Education Recommended List for Literature for Reading and Language Arts (, are listed below.

Alverez, Julia, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent (1991)

Cofer, Judith Ortiz, The Year of Our Revolution: New and Selected Stories (1998)

Danticat, Edwidge, Krik? Krak! (1995)

De Maupassant, Guy, Best Short Stories (1996, stories originally published in 1800s)

Gogol, Nikolai Vasilevitch, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories (1976)

Hurston, Nora Zeale, Spunk: The Collected Stories of Nora Zeale Hurston (1942)

Joyce, James, Dubliners (1914)

London, Jack, To Build a Fire and Other Stories (1986)

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia, Strange Pilgrims (Latin American, mature content) (1993)

O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried (1990)

Wiesel, Elie, Night (1982; original copyright, 1958)

Wittlinger, Ellen, What’s In a Name (challenging, controversial themes) (2000)