Quince

The main character, Ximena, is described as complex and thoughtful. However, social situations and problems are seen as individual problems, not situated within a societal context. Her father, Daniel, is in prison because of an accident, but there is no further information. It is not clear why he had to spend 13 years in prison.  Daniel is later attacked by other inmates. Unfortunately, Mexicans are usually associated with violence and prison in films and on social media. This puts the book at risk of perpetuating this stereotype.

Carl no quiere ir a México

The story is from the point of view of Carl, who is described as a normal boy who lives with a normal family in Colorado that is an expert in math (p. 1-3). This means that being a white male in a heterosexual family is what is considered normal in Colorado/the United States. Furthermore, while in Mexico, there is no Mexican voice participating in the story. It is an attempt to bring the reader closer to Guanajuato, but it falls short because it fails to empower the community.

Agentes Secretos

Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso is an easy level reader based in Spain (Pamplona and Barcelona), and Paris, with mentions of cultural products and places such as Picasso’s Guernica, the Spear of Destiny, Las Ramblas, Sainte-Chapelle, among others. All of these cultural landmarks are tied together throughout the story in a creative way. The photographs help the reader create a mental image of the different settings of the story. Since the book focuses on Spanish landmarks, the teacher has the opportunity to expand on deeper cultural practices.

Ahorita

The story of Ahorita makes an attempt to compare cultures and perspectives. Through the American character Wyatt, readers are able to explore his conception of time in comparison to Paco’s conception of time as a Mexican. The reader and educator are cautioned to not generalize that all Mexicans are “careless” with time, and to question the depictions in the story.

Los Piratas del Caribe y El Triangulo de las Bermudas

Readers need to be aware of the mentions of enslaved people, and the real possibility of triggering situations.

Piratas is a book that feels much like a fusion between sci fi, history, and surrealistic/futuristic passages.