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Hispanic and Latine Fiction for YA Readers

Fiction books that have Hispanic or Latine main characters.

Realistic Fiction

Cover of Barely Missing Everything
Matt
Mendez

Three young Mexican Americans each try to overcome their individual struggles as they all grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don't matter.

Cover of Clap When You Land
Elizabeth
Acevedo

Separated by distance--and Papi's secrets--Camino Rios and Yahaira Rios are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Cover of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Maritza Moulite and
Maika Moulite

When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti, and writing the report of a lifetime.

Cover of The Closest I’ve Come
Fred
Aceves

Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren't falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood. When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew and starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for.

Cover of Fifteen Hundred Miles From
Jonny Garza
Villa

Julián Luna has a plan for his life: graduate, get into UCLA, and move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. A drunken tweet and a flirtatious DM changes Julian’s plans. This is a funny, openhearted novel about coming out, first love, and being your one and only best and true self.

Cover of Here the Whole Time
Vitor Martins
and Larissa Helena (Translator)

When Felipe, who's very insecure about his weight, is forced to spend winter break with his long-term crush Caio, he must face his unresolved issues head-on.

Cover of How to Build a Heart
Maria
Pandian

Izzy Crawford is this close to the community and permanence she's been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.  This is the story of Izzy's journey to find her place in the world and her discovery that the choices we make and the people we love ultimately define us and bring us home.

Cover of On the Hook
Francisco X.
Stork

Hector has always minded his own business, working hard to make his way to a better life. One day, Joey tells Hector that he's going to kill him and Hector, frozen with fear, tries to fade into the shadows to become no one. Then Hector’s brother gets into a fight with Joey’s brother and  Hector has no choice but to take a stand.

Cover of This Train is Being Held
Ismée Amiel
Williams

Told in two voices, ballet dancer and private school student Isabelle Warren and poet and baseball star Alex Rosario grow closer after meeting on a subway, bonding over their parents' expectations and their own dreams.

Cover of When We Make It
Elisabet
Velasquez

Sarai uses verse to navigate the strain of family traumas and the systemic pressures of toxic masculinity and housing insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, questioning the society around her, her Boricua identity, and the life she lives.

Cover of Where I Belong
Marcia Argueta
Mickelson

With college on the horizon, Milagros “Millie” Vargas is torn between attending her dream school and staying close to home, where she knows she's needed. When a U.S. Senate candidate mentions Millie’s achievements in a campaign speech about “deserving” immigrants, Millie’s family is at the center of a statewide immigration debate.

Fantasy

Cover of Fire With Fire
Destiny
Soria

Raised to be fierce dragon slayers, two sisters end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon.

Cover of Incendiary (Hollow Crown #
Zoraida
Córdova

Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown. The Whispers may have rescued Renata years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred. When Dez, the commander of her unit--and the boy she's grown to love--is taken captive by the notorious Principe Dorado, Renata must return to Andalucia and complete Dez's top secret mission herself. The thrilling sequel is Illusionary.

Cover of Infinity Son
Adam
Silvera

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers--a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. In a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own--one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed. The sequel Infinity Reaper also includes a prequel short.

Cover of Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Jason
Reynolds
Kadir Nelson

Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man.

Cover of The Mirror Season
Anna-Marie
McLemore

When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly-magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown.

Cover of Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz
Lilliam
Rivera
Steph C.

Acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera and artist Steph C. reimagine one of DC's greatest Green Lanterns, Jessica Cruz, to tell a story about immigration, family, and overcoming fear to inspire hope.

Paranormal Fiction

Cover of Cemetery Boys
Aiden
Thomas

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Cover of Five Midnights
Ann Dávila
Cardinal

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución. If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other's company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping through Puerto Rico.

Cover of Lobizona (Wolves of No Wor
Romina
Garber

Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past--a mysterious Z emblem--which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world that is straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. The second book Cazadora continues the journey in a cursed realm.

Cover of Suncatcher: A Graphic Nove
Jose
Pimienta

Beatriz must play the perfect song in order to free her grandfather's soul from his guitar after he passes away.

Cover of Tigers, Not Daughters
Samantha
Mabry

In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister's memory. Then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message--and what exactly she's trying to say.

Science Fiction

Cover of Miss Meteor
Tehlor Kay
Mejia

 A teen who secretly arrived with the meteor that gave her small hometown its name discovers that she is turning back into stardust and teams up with her best friend in an effort to secure her human existence by entering a local beauty pageant that has always been won by thin, blonde, white girls.

Cover of Sanctuary
Paola Mendoza and
Abby Sher

In 2032, when sixteen-year-old Vali's mother is detained by the Deportation Forces, Vali must flee Vermont with her little brother, Ernie, hoping to reach their Tía Luna in the sanctuary state of California.

Cover of Sia Martinez and the Moonl
Raquel Vasquez
Gilliland

Sia Martinez knows that her mom must be dead, but every new moon Sia drives into the desert and lights San Anthony and la Guadalupe candles to guide her mom home. Then one night, under a million stars, Sia's life and the world as we know it cracks wide open. Because a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia's car...and it's carrying her mom, who's very much alive.

Cover of They Both Die in the End
Adam
Silvera

In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.