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
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 111 pages
Availability: Available
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
LCCN: 2018027137
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Redheaded, freckled-faced Güero lives near the border, regularly crossing over into Mexico to have breakfast with his dad and to visit his maternal grandparents. His family has worked hard to build their home, and he finds inspiration in his hardworking uncles; his papá, who helped to build so much of the border neighborhood where they live; and his abuela, who introduced him to the legends of their culture. As seventh grade begins, Güero is excited to join his friends to meet up in the library, exchange good books, play games, and read comics. As they begin the new school year, Güero discovers an English teacher who introduces them to the magic of poetry and of different cultures, and he begins to notice a tough girl named Joanna, who also loves superheroes and video games. Filled with Spanish dichos and terms, diverse cultures, and Mexican myths, this novel in poems is a clear lens into the life of a Mexican American boy with an identity tied to the struggles, legends, and rich heritage of his ancestors and family, who uses what he learns to move forward.
Horn Book
The dynamic complexity of the Rio Grande borderlands pulses in the poetry of twelve-year-old G|ero. His forty-nine poems in diverse forms explore family, friendship, young love, and racism, with the dexterously rich linguistic tradition of Mexican cuentos and dichos always central. Bowles confidently intersperses the voices of G|ero's many family members, using Texas Spanglish colloquialisms with specificity. A welcome contribution to the bildungsroman corpus of Chicana/o literature. Glos.
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Pura Belpre Honor
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2019 ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019 Walter Award Honor Book, 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Bank Street 2019 NCTE 2019 Notable Verse Novels Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award TIL Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book 2018 School Library Journal's 2018 Best Books Shelf Awareness 2018 Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year, Middle Grade 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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