central american + mexican + caribbean

This page is a list of books with Mexican or Caribbean protagonists and/or written by Mexican or Caribbean authors. Mexican or Caribbean includes: Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico (and more, these are just the countries I have books for. Each category is split into age range and genre.

A table of contents can be found below. If you would like to submit a book to add a book to this list, please see the form in the original post.

CORRECTION FORM

I haven’t read a lot of these books, so some of the listed representation may be wrong or vague. Please submit any corrections to these books! Note that: New submissions should be submitted in the form in the original post, not this one. You can also contact me by email here.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Cuba
  2. Dominican Republic
  3. El Salvador
  4. Guatemala
  5. Haiti
  6. Honduras
  7. Mexico
  8. Puerto Rico

bold = series
books of a series listed individually = can be read as a standalone

Cuba

MIDDLE GRADE

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Sal and Gabi series by Carlos Hernandezrep: ownvoices Cuban-American protagonists
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

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Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevasrep: ownvoices Cuban-american protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanesrep: ownvoices Cuban-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanesrep: ownvoices Cuban-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Morenorep: ownvoices bisexual Cuban-American protagonist, Cuban-American side characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Nameyrep: Cuban-American author
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
(out October 6, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Cuban-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: England
Running by Natalia Sylvester
(out July 14, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Cuban-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
This Train Is Being Held by Ismee Amiel Williams
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices biracial (Cuban, white) protagonist, Dominican-American protagonist and side characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
cw: suicide ideation, depression

Dominican Republic

MIDDLE GRADE

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortegarep: ownvoices Dominican-American protagonist, Black main characters
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedorep: ownvoices Afro-Dominican-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
(out May 5, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Afro-Dominican-American protagonist, lesbian Afro-Dominican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S., Dominican Republic

ADULT

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A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santosrep: ownvoices Dominican protagonist
genre: romance
setting: U.S.

El Salvador

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The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasanterep: ownvoices lesbian Salvadorian protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

Guatemala

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We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torress Sanchez
(out May 19, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Guatemalan protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: Guatemala, Mexico, U.S.

Haiti

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Mouliterep: ownvoices Haitian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: Haiti
American Street by Ibi Zoboirep: ownvoices Haitian protagonist and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

Honduras

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Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smithrep: biracial (Honduran, Palestinian) protagonist, Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

Mexico

MIDDLE GRADE

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Paola Santiago series by Tehlor Kay Mejia
(out August 4, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Mexican-American protagonists
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchezrep: ownvoices Mexican-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The New David Espinoza by Fred Acevesrep: ownvoices Mexican-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

fantasy

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Andersonrep: ownvoices Mexican-American protagonist
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
(out September 22, 2020)
rep: ownvoices queer Mexican-American protagonists, trans boy love interest
genre: magical realism
setting: U.S.

ADULT

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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garciarep: ownvoices Mexican inspiration
genre: fantasy
setting: Mexico
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garciarep: ownvoices Mexican inspiration
genre: fantasy
setting: Mexico
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(out June 30, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Mexican protagonist and characters
genre: fantasy
setting: Mexico

Puerto Rico

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedorep: Afro-Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Riverarep: ownvoices lesbian Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
More Happy than Not by Adam Silverarep: ownvoices gay Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silverarep: ownvoices gay Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silverarep: ownvoices gay Puerto Rican protagonist, bisexual Cuban protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertallirep: ownvoices gay Puerto Rican protagonist, gay protagonist, bisexual side character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Riverarep: ownvoices Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

fantasy / magical realism

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Shadowshaper series by Daniel Jose Olderrep: ownvoices Afro-Puerto-Rican protagonist
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.
Infinity Son by Adam Silverarep: ownvoices gay Puerto Rican protagonists
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabryrep: ownvoices Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: magical realism
setting: Puerto Rico
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabryrep: ownvoices Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: magical realism
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabryrep: ownvoices Puerto Rican protagonist
genre: magical realism

ADULT

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You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
(out July 7, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Puerto Rican protagonists
genre: romance
setting: U.S.