General description
of the books in this series


A Sample of the text

The Free teacher resource supplement

A Letter on The Magic Paper from students

The Magic Paper
Mexican-Americans
Hopes and Dreams series


By Tana Reiff

An 80-page reader for

Beginning Readers
Middle School to Adult


The Magic Paper, reader - $9.50

ISBN 10: 0-86647-383-1
ISBN 13: 978-086647-383-5




The Magic Paper, audio CD - $9.50

ISBN 10: 0-86647-384-x
ISBN 13: 978-086647-384-2




The Magic Paper, reader/CD set - $19.00

ISBN 10: 0-86647-385-8
ISBN 13: 978-086647-385-9






Here is the brief story summary

The Magic Paper tells the story of Teresa Garcia and Benito Cruz, two Mexican-Americans. In 1980 Teresa buys a fake visa and comes alone to Los Angeles to care for her sick aunt. Then she stays, working in a dress factory to send money home to Mexico. Benito crawls through a pipe into California, where he works as a migrant farmworker. They meet and fall in love. Benito moves to Los Angeles and works in a factory. They want to marry, but they can't because they are illegal. They work hard and save money to go to Mexico and bring Teresa's sister back. Finally they have enough money, but when they go to Mexico City there is a great earthquake. Teresa's whole family is killed. They come back to the U.S. illegally. They continue to work hard, and wait until a new law lets them apply to get the magic paper, to become legal, and to get married. At last, they feel safe.

A Social Studies Lesson Set for ABE Literacy Students by Anita Caref and Emma Meade
that can be adapted for use with other classes and other novels in this series.
This Lesson Set works with "Nobody Knows" and "The Magic Paper."


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