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Jazz owls : a novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

Author: Margarita Engle; Rudy Gutierrez
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Thousands of Navy sailors are pouring into Los Angeles on their way to the front lines of World War II. They are young, scared, and longing to feel alive before they have to face the horrors of battle. Hot jazz music spiced with cool salsa rhythms calls them to dance with the local Mexican American girls, who jitterbug all night before working all day in the canneries. Proud to do their part for the war effort,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult works
Novels in verse
History
Young adult fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Historical fiction
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Engle, Margarita.
Jazz owls.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2018]
(DLC) 2017038525
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margarita Engle; Rudy Gutierrez
ISBN: 9781534409439 1534409432 9781534409446 1534409440
OCLC Number: 1000447275
Awards: Américas Award commended title, 2019
Target Audience: Ages 12 up.
Description: 179 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: The River of Music --
Swimming Season --
Barefoot --
Peeled --
Ghostly? --
Victory Familia --
Americanos All!
Responsibility: Margarita Engle ; art by Rudy Gutierrez.

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Thousands of Navy sailors are pouring into Los Angeles on their way to the front lines of World War II. They are young, scared, and longing to feel alive before they have to face the horrors of battle. Hot jazz music spiced with cool salsa rhythms calls them to dance with the local Mexican American girls, who jitterbug all night before working all day in the canneries. Proud to do their part for the war effort, these Jazz Owl girls dance with the sailors until the blazing summer night when racial violence leads to murder. Suddenly the restless white sailors are attacking the girls' brothers and boyfriends. The cool, loose zoot suits they wear are supposedly the reason for the violence - but really these boys are viciously beaten and arrested simply because of the color of their skin. In soaring images and searing poems, this is the breathtaking story of what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots as only Margarita Engle could tell it. -- From dust jacket.

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*"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 Read more...

 
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