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La niñera

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Spanish novel for intermediate students. Yamila works hard to obtain good results at school. But a family secret threatens to undo all her achievements.

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If being in the minority in a particular demographic isn’t demanding enough, Yamila discovers a family secret that threatens to derail the success she has encountered thus far at her competitive high school, even given the economic challenges confronted by her and her family. Experience the trials that Yamila faces in contrast to the seemingly carefree life of her best friend, Ashley, as the two characters illustrate their differences all while maintaining their relationship. La niñera is a common story, but one rarely told in accessible Spanish. 


  • 71 pages of text, plus a glossary
  • written in present and past tense
  • Neutral Spanish with several Latin-American characteristics: more use of personal pronouns than in Spain, and the use of 'ustedes' instead of 'vosotros'.
  • setting: Duckston, New England


Jennifer Degenhardt

ninera "La niñera was my second story inspired by the lack of connection my students were making with the Spanish-speaking people that their parents hired to work in their homes as housecleaners or landscapers.

I would ask my students if they knew people who spoke Spanish (it was decidedly NOT a diverse district) so that I could encourage them to practice their language skills with those people. More often than not, my students didn’t even know the names of the people who showed up weekly in their homes.

In the story, Ashley and Yamila couldn’t be more different, both ethnically or economically, but still, they are good friends. They grew up together as Yamila always spent time at Ashley’s house because Yamila’s mom is the family’s nanny. Of course, there is teenage drama and misunderstandings which adds to the conflict."


Information for teachers

Students of Spanish have access to rich vocabulary, a review of the present tense and an introduction to the past tenses in context through a story whose cultural content also presents topics worthy of discussion.  

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (only for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, we advise you to order timely. Delivery time will be up to 2-3 weeks.

*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

diversiteit / diversity / eenoudergezin / hoofdpersoon is een meisje / immigratie / immigration / Jennifer Degenhardt / main character is a girl / meerdere hoofdpersonen / multiple main characters / ongelijkheid / social differences / teenagers / tieners / United States / Verenigde Staten
Author Jennifer Degenhardt
Year of publication 2018
Number of pages 102 (inclusief woordenlijst)
ISBN 9781732278035
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