Children's LiteratureAn entry in the "Latinos at Work: Career Role Models for Young Adults" series, this overview of jobs in law and politics (parole officer, city administrator, fingerprint expert, human rights worker, customs officer, etc.) is followed by personal profiles of ten Latinos from around the United States who work in these fields. The overview is punctuated by sidebars about, for instance, Mexican Immigration law, a day in the life of an Indiana police officer, and another of a political action volunteer. Those profiled include Joe Alvarez, Bettie Baca, Jim Baca (no relation), Henry Cuellar, Lena Guerrero, G. Herb Hernandez, James C. Jimenez, Gilbert Martinez, Alex Penelas, and Ronald Wilkins. Repeatedly, those profiled thank mentors and family, mention overcoming prejudice and poverty, and extol the importance of education. The profiles are written as if responding to a series of interviewer questions or prompts: background information, what a typical day is like, starting salaries in this type of job, some advice for readers, and so forth. A black and white photo of each respondent is included. No accent marks appear in the Spanish names. While the series format is not very compelling or visually interesting, the book provides all readers with an overview of some important career options and gives Latino adolescents role models and encouragement. 2002, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 13 to 17.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.