Nineteen-year old Diego Torres is a student at UC Berkeley. Smart, but quiet, he harbors a secret until circumstances force him to reveal what he's hiding. Diego is not the person his mother told him he is. Poignant, timely, and defying stereotypes and genres, "Ángel" is the story that every student in Spanish should read. Consisting of nine segments plus a short prologue and a short epilogue, "Ángel" makes for an easy and captivating read for intermediate students of Spanish.

 

From the Prologue

Me llamo Diego Torres

Me llamo Diego Torres, pero mi madre siempre me dice “Ángel.” No sé por qué.  No soy religioso y ahora que tengo 19 años, no me gusta ese nombre.

Soy de estatura mediana, con pelo moreno, ojos color de café espresso. No soy ni fuerte ni débil, ni gordo ni flaco. Soy regular. La verdad es que no tengo nada de especial. Bueno, sí, tengo algo de especial: un sexto sentido extraordinario. Pero aquí me refiero a mi parecer físico. No soy de esos chicos que cuando entran en una fiesta, todos lo miran y piensan “¡Ay, qué guapón!”  Más típico, casi nadie se da cuenta de mi presencia.

Y eso me gusta.

No saben que cuando les miro a los ojos, en seguida entiendo quiénes son, qué les motiva, y cuáles son sus temores más graves. Sí, con una sola mirada, se me revelan todos sus pensamientos más íntimos. Es inevitable y no tengo control sobre ello.

Seguramente unos dirían que es un regalo. Pero más que nada, es una maldición. Mejor que nadie me hace caso…

 

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The highlight of my semester

I’ve used ‘Ángel’ with my students several times in our fourth-semester Spanish class. It is the highlight of my semester! The story is engaging and the students can actually relate to the characters and struggles they face.”

— D.T.

A great read

"A coming-of-age story in which the Latino protagonist grapples with who he really is. The mystery surrounding the boy's father and the boy's “talent" makes it a real page turner. Simply sweet and poetic in description, with insight into the feelings of an adolescent immigrant living in the United States. Although intended as Spanish learner literature, a good story can be enjoyed by anyone."

— Amazon Customer

Just the right level

"I use 'Ángel' in my fourth-semester Spanish classes. Students really enjoy reading the story and discussing different points. It has a lot for the students to work with. It is also just the right level for them, easy to follow, but yet challenging enough to keep them engaged until the end.” 

— I.B..