Maria Cardenas: My Story

Maria Cardenas: My Story

Product details

  • Author: Beth Johnson and Maria Cardenas
  • SKU/ISBN: 978-1-59194-418-8
  • Year: 2014
  • Page count: 58
  • Reading level: 6-8
  • Lexile Level: 710L
  • Availability: In stock


Want students to read more? So does Townsend Press. That's why we created the Townsend Library—a collection of high-interest paperbacks that engage readers. These books feature compelling human stories and include an afterword and author commentary to deepen readers' enjoyment. Acclaimed by educators and readers alike, each Townsend Library book is available to schools for $3.


 Note: This is a bilingual book! Each page

features text in English and Spanish.

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About This Book


As a little girl, Maria Cardenas was a migrant worker, moving with her family from one filthy camp to another. When she was able to attend middle school, she sat frightened and silent in the back of the classroom.

At 17, Maria was a mother—abused, alone, and barely able to read.

Today Maria is an award-winning elementary school teacher. Every day, her students learn from her that they, too, can succeed when the world might say success is impossible.

This is Maria's story.