You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens
You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens
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Annotation: An anthology of suspenseful short fiction by Latino authors for teenagers.
Catalog Number: #5143980
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 310 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85692-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85692-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011000117
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Cortez complements her adult level Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (2009) with 18 new tales (from a largely different set of Latino/Latina authors) featuring teen characters and concerns. Readers with a taste for the gruesome will be delighted by Xander's discovery of a freshly severed human arm in his school locker in R. Narvaez's hilarious and memorable "Hating Holly Hernandez" or the bloody, eye-gouging battle with alien fugitives in Mario Acevedo's leadoff "No Soy Loco." Along with scary tales of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, less violent crimes solved by young detectives include stolen auto parts, santitos (religious figurines) and costume jewelry—along with an encounter with possible ghosts and a vision of the enraged Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui rising up over Venice Beach in Alicia Gaspar de Alba's "The Tattoo." Several authors explore moral or ethical gray areas. Sergio Troncoso contributes an anti-mystery in which a teenager simply shrugs off a near-fatal allergic reaction and moves on, and, in another ingenious twist on conventions, Carlos Hernandez crafts a smooth-talking Bronx teen who cements his reputation as a "cop-whisperer" when a face-blind friend's girlfriend supposedly disappears after posting a suicide note. Only one—a too-sketchy short-short from Daniel A. Olivas—really misses the mark. Overall, a consistent, well crafted collection. (glossary, author bios) (Short stories. 12-16)  
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up&12; These short stories are mysteries in the broadest sense of the word. They include alien abduction, kidnapping, cheating, revenge, and a Nancy Drew-type detective who runs rings around her police-detective father. The teen characters are all Latino, or live in Latino neighborhoods. The authors are also Latino, but most write adult rather than young-adult books and it shows, skewing the collection to older teens. The selections are short enough to appeal to reluctant readers, but the concepts and vocabulary will be difficult for struggling readers. Many of the stories suffer from the brevity; they conclude quickly and inexplicably.&12; Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* A police whisperer, a girl with no memory, a boy who hears voices in his head lcome to this generous collection of 18 mystery stories written by and featuring Latino authors and characters. Notable for the diversity of their vividly realized settings, which range from Southern California's Venice Beach to the mean streets of the Bronx, and for the authenticity of their Spanish-studded language (a glossary is included), the stories vary from noirish to whimsical but all have in common teenage protagonists who find themselves in danger and often desperate trouble. Several of the stories are as mysterious as they are mysteries, featuring paranormal elements like a boy who hears strange voices in Mario Acevedo's No Soy Loco and the amazing results of a henna tattoo in Alicia Gaspar de Alba's The Tattoo. Still others are more character-driven stories of Latino teens in circumstances both familiar (Gwendolyn Zepeda's Valentine Surprise, about a verbally abused girl who may find love in an unlikely place) and unusual (Carlos Hernandez's clever Losing Face, one of the best stories in the collection, about a girlfriend with many faces). As both a policewoman and a poet, editor Cortez brings unusual qualifications to her role and presents stories that are notable both for their authenticity and for their language. This excellent collection riched by a thoughtful foreword by YA scholar James Blasingame ves faces to Latino teens in a most original way.
Word Count: 88,798
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 144734 / grade: Upper Grades

When two gun-toting hoodlums tell the fourteen-year-old narrator of René Saldañas story, "The Right Size," to kiss the floor, he doesnt think twice. And his dad and younger brother drop to the floor just as quickly. "This guy Jimmy probably thinks Dad is the greatest threat among the three of us, but hes dead wrong. Dad couldn t hurt a bug," the boy thinks. In the ensuing twenty minutes, he learns that his dad isnt as weak as he thought, and in fact, his dad is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family, even if it means killing someone. The teens featured in these stories deal with situations typical to all young adults, including attraction to the opposite sex, or to the same sex, in one story, and first sexual encounters, problems with family and friends, academic and personal aspirations. But they also deal with every kind of thrilling situation imaginable, from missing girls to kidnappings and dismembered bodies. A young girl finds herself living with her "family," though she has no memory of them or who they claim she is. A geek at a prestigious public high school finds himself working with his very attractive arch-rival to solve the mystery of a severed, bloody arm that appears inexplicably in his locker. And Mikes life sucks when his parents split up, but it gets worse when his best friend is abducted by a thug shot by Mikes dad, a police officer. Theres something for everyone here, with aliens, ghosts and even an Aztec god making appearances in these stories. Set in schools and communities from New York City to Venice Beach, California, the protagonists reflect the breadth and diversity of the Latino authors included in this innovative collection. Published authors such as Mario Acevedo, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Diana López and Sergio Troncoso appear alongside less well-known authors who deserve more recognition. With an introduction by young adult literature expert Dr. James Blasingame of Arizona State University, this collection is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

No soy loco / Mario Acevedo
No one remembers / Patricia S. Carrillo
For you, mother / Sarah Cortez
The tattoo / Alicia Gaspar de Alba
No flowers for Marla / Nanette Guadiano
As the flames rose / Chema Guijarro
Losing face / Carlos Hernandez
A starring role / Bertha Jacobson
All the facts, A to Z / Diana Lopez
Hating Holly Hernandez / R. Narvaez
Carbon Beach / Daniel A. Olivas
The librarian / Juan Carlos Perez-Duthie
The red lipstick / L. M. Quinn
Back up / Manuel Ramos
/ Rene Saldana, Jr.
Nuts / Sergio Troncoso
Belle / Ray Villareal
Valentine Surprise / Gwendolyn Zepeda.

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