They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems
They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems

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Annotation: Twelve-year-old Güero is a border kid. His nickname, "Güero," means he has pale skin--but make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano. With his books and his friends, he's making the best of middle school.
Catalog Number: #182070
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-947627-07-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4406-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-947627-07-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4406-5
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
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Pura Belpre Honor
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

One of School Library Journal's 2018 Best Books! Shelf Awareness 2018 Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year, Middle Grade NCTE 2019 Notable Verse Novels Twelve-year-old Güero is Mexican American, at home with Spanish or English and on both sides of the river. He's starting 7th grade with a woke English teacher who knows how to make poetry cool. In Spanish, "Güero" is a nickname for guys with pale skin, Latino or Anglo. But make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano, like Canelo Álvarez, the Mexican boxer. Güero is also a nerd--reader, gamer, musician--who runs with a squad of misfits like him, Los Bobbys. Sure, they get in trouble like anybody else, and like other middle-school boys, they discover girls. Watch out for Joanna! She's tough as nails. But trusting in his family's traditions, his accordion and his bookworm squad, he faces seventh grade with book smarts and a big heart. Life is tough for a border kid, but Güero has figured out how to cope. He writes poetry.


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