Boy without a Flag: Tales of the South Bronx

Boy without a Flag: Tales of the South Bronx

by Abraham Rodriguez, Jr., R. W. Scholes
     
 

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. captures what it's like to grow up too fast amid the crushing poverty of the South Bronx in this collection, a gritty slice of New York Latino life. The Boy Without a Flag is “about the rancid underbelly of the American Dream," says the author. "These are the kids no

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. captures what it's like to grow up too fast amid the crushing poverty of the South Bronx in this collection, a gritty slice of New York Latino life. The Boy Without a Flag is “about the rancid underbelly of the American Dream," says the author. "These are the kids no one likes to talk about; they are seen as the enemy by most people. I want to show them as they really are, not as society wishes them to be.” In these truth-telling stories about his neighborhood of Puerto Rican adolescents growing up in the South Bronx, Rodriguez introduces us to the youth who fight every day for survival in our cities.

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School Library Journal
YA-- In an era of multicultural awareness, this collection of seven Hispanic short stories will make an impact. The teenagers in Rodriguez's world are not attractive; raised in poverty, they exhibit the problems of the inner city--teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, and petty crime. But more universal traits shine through. In the title story, the narrator , who refuses to salute the American flag because his father has taught him to resent U. S. imperialism in Puerto Rico, learns that adults don't have all the answers and that the world is run on compromises. Nilsa, in ``No More War Games,'' is torn between childhood and sexual awareness as much as any middle-class 12-year-old. Gritty street language, phonetic spelling, and graphic descriptions enliven this as a ``real-life'' picture of the Bronx and provide the basis for lots of discussion.-- Diana C. Hirsch, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571310286
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Revised edition
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
1,437,248
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.38(d)

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