Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

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Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781534409439
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About the Author

Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Rima's Rebellion; Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream Girl; Dancing Hands; and The Flying Girl. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com. Rudy Gutierrez is an award-winning illustrator whose works have earned him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africana Book Award, and a New York Book Award. He was born in the Bronx and now lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

"A fast-paced narrative . . . Engle pieces together a volatile episode in history, filled with love, loss, and coming-of-age stories within a Mexican American family at a time of racial strife."--Booklist
*"Readers will be cheering for the jazz owls to be able to not only dance, but to overcome racism. A quick read perfect for history buffs, dance enthusiasts, poets, and just about anyone looking for a great story."--School Library Journal, Starred Review
"A riveting, wonderfully researched novel."--Matt de la Peña, Newbery Winner
* "A beautifully written work of historical fiction. Engle incorporates evocative poetry and multiple viewpoints to create a well-rounded narrative. She seamlessly weaves themes of culture, race relations, and working conditions together."--VOYA, Starred Review
"Offers a look at a seldom-represented moment in U.S. history. . . . The free verse brings us inside the characters' heads, allowing us to feel Ray's indignation at racial violence and to understand Lorena's politicization as she connects her experiences of injustice to organizing for better working conditions."--The Horn Book
"Voices of the siblings and their elders are convincingly realized . . . Gutierrez's black and white artwork graces chapter breaks with elegantly fluid interpretations of events."--BCCB