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THEY CALL ME GüERO

A Border Kid's Stories

by David Bowles
illustrated by Zeke Peña
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Life is tough for a border kid, but Güero has figured out how to cope. He writes poetry.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-947627-07-9
13-digit ISBN978-1-947627-07-9
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count112
Publication DateOctober 15, 2018
RightsAll Rights Available
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.

DAVID BOWLES grew up and lives in the Río Grande Valley of South Texas. A many-faceted writer and scholar, he’s the author of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. His middle-grade fantasy The Smoking Mirror was selected as a 2016 Pura Belpré Author Honor by the American Library Association.


@DavidOBowles is active in the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements. He’s a professor at UTRGV.
Kirkus Reviews
“Güero’s voice brims with humor, wit, and bits of slang, and a diverse cast of characters offers hints of other cultures. … A valuable, too-brief look at the borderlands.”
- August 1, 2018  Visit Website
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“Snapchat, texting, woke teachers, K-pop/hip-hop, hybrid cars, and border troubles tie this story to today’s times, but the rich characters who fill Güero’s family, school, and neighborhood—Uncle Joe, Abuela Mimi, Joanna la Fregona, the three Bobbys, Bisabuela Luisa, and a dozen more—are the beating heart of this masterful novel-in-poems rooted in generations of culture, geography, and story.”   
- Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong, creators of The Poetry Friday Anthology, May 1, 2018 
“I absolutely love this book!”
- Margarita Engle, 2017-19 National Young Peoples Poet Laureate, April 13, 2018 
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