The Barrio Kings

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Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight. Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted. But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away. When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive-by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices. Revenge means a return to his old ways, something ...

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Overview

Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight. Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted. But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away. When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive-by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices. Revenge means a return to his old ways, something he swore he would never do. But unless he takes action, his enemies will not rest until they've settled the score against him.

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Editorial Reviews

Readingjunky's Reading Roost
"I have long been a fan of Orca Publishers and their high interest/low level offerings...The Barrio Kings is slightly over 100 pages, reads quickly, and contains just the right combination of action and drama to interest reluctant readers. With characters living in the adult world, there is definitely more appeal for alternative ed/adult ed readers attempting to improve reading skills. I look forward to reading another Rapid Read selection."
CM Magazine
"There is plenty of emotion to keep female readers engaged and plenty of action to hold the attention of male readers. And while the story can be seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers of gang life, it’s never preachy...Recommended."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"We like Rosario and cheer his good decisions all the while secretly afraid for him. Your struggling older readers will love this book."
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Rosario Gomez is trying to go straight. He has a job, a pregnant girlfriend, an almost-completed GED, and ambitions to claim a place for his family in a different America than the one he knows in the barrio. He has promised his girlfriend, Connie, that he will not go back to the Barrio Kinds and will live an exemplary life for her and their unborn son. Then an old friend from the gang shows up, newly released from prison, and tries to pull Rosario back in. The tipping point comes when Connie is shot in a drive-by intended for Rosario, forcing him to choose between revenge and keeping his promise. The book, designed for young adult readers with literacy challenges, is streamlined but never dumbed-down. The pace is swift, the tension builds, and although the series advertises that these books are to be finished in one sitting, part of the reason to read straight through is that you really want to know what happens next to Rosario. The ethical challenges that Rosario confronts are believable, and Kowalski lets the reader see the struggle in each of Rosario's decisions. Despite its intent to be an easy-read, there is a compelling story told here that will certainly appeal to its intended audience and may have appeal for a wider range of readers, as well. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554692446
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Rapid Reads Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 968,492
  • Lexile: HL310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kowalski is the award-winning author of multiple novels, including the international bestseller Eddie’s Bastard. He also teaches communications skills to adult learners at Nova Scotia Community College. He lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with his wife and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    author William Kowalski is the award winning author of four prev

    author William Kowalski is the award winning author of four previous novels. He lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia with his wife and children. 
    Rosario was a gang member until his brother got murdered. Then he tried to change his life by getting a job, going to school, and taking care of his girlfriend and the baby they wear expecting. But the story changed a little bit when one of Rosario’s friend got out of prison. The author is trying to say that any person can change from being bad to a good person and successful in your life. I will recommend this book to any person that likes a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    ¿It¿s Never Too Late to Change¿ This book was about a young man

    “It’s Never Too Late to Change”
    This book was about a young man name Rosario who was in a gang and made a lot of bad choices in life.
    Then he fell in love with this girl name Connie and she got pregnant.
    Rosario changed a lot he got a job and went back to school but then his friends got a hold of him and problems started again.
     I really like this book because it relates to me a lot.
    I use to be in a gang, made bad choices in life, and got my girlfriend pregnant. Now I got a kid but I’m going to work and school.
    It’s hard but hopefully in the end it will pay off. I would recommend this book to all the people that join a gang and make bad choices.
    Gangs ruin your life. Either you get killed or end up in jail. If you are in it,  it’s never too late to change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Life

    This book was great learning about how life is. The real life of the world.

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