Nomination: Conquistadora

 Santiago, Esmeralda. Conquistadora. 2011. 414 p. Knopf, $27.50 (9780307268327). Gr. 10-12. [jw]

This is the story of Ana, a 19th century Spanish woman who, inspired by reading journals of a male ancestor, makes a life for herself running a hacienda in Puerto Rico. Filled with adventure, passionate and eccentric characters, historic detail, and very readable.

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