Juanita Fights the School Board

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JUANITA FIGHTS THE SCHOOL BOARD is the first novel in Gloria Velasquez's Roosevelt High School Series, a series featuring characters with whom all children, and especially U.S. Hispanic children, can relate. This novel for young adults details the expulsion of a young Mexican-American girl from Roosevelt High School for getting involved in a fight with another student. The story begins with Juanita's expulsion and describes the effect this event has on her self-image and on her family. One of six children of ...
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Overview

JUANITA FIGHTS THE SCHOOL BOARD is the first novel in Gloria Velasquez's Roosevelt High School Series, a series featuring characters with whom all children, and especially U.S. Hispanic children, can relate. This novel for young adults details the expulsion of a young Mexican-American girl from Roosevelt High School for getting involved in a fight with another student. The story begins with Juanita's expulsion and describes the effect this event has on her self-image and on her family. One of six children of California migrant workers, Juanita hopes to be the first in her family to graduate from high school. With the help of a school psychologist and a former civil rights attorney, Juanita fights the discrimination against minorities at Roosevelt High School and returns from her expulsion more determined than ever to fulfill her dream of graduating from high school.

Johnny, the eldest daughter of Mexican farm workers, is expelled from high school, but with the help of a Latina psychologist and a civil rights attorney, she fights the discriminatory treatment and returns determined to finish school.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Juanita is fighting to stay in school, but fighting is the reason she was expelled from the district. With the help of friends and family, she manages to have the full case presented and is allowed to return to school. The story is related by Ms. Martfnez, a Latina psychologist, who helps Juanita maintain her self-esteem in what could easily be a hopeless situation.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Velsquez introduces readers to Juanita Chavez, one of six children in a Hispanic migrant family, who has been expelled from her California high school for the entire year for fighting. Although Sheena Martin, an Anglo, had been taunting her for a long time and actually pushed Juanita, she was not expelled. With the help of psychologist Sandra Martinez and Sam Turner, an attorney, the wheels are set in motion to bring about justice. In alternating chapters, Juanita and Dr. Martinez tell the story, but since both narratives are first person, readers may become confused about who is speaking. Spanish words are interspersed throughout, along with snippets of information about Mexican-American culture. Good Hispanic role models are plentiful but the Anglos, with the exception of Sam, are stereotypes. Also, Juanita's turmoil is not fully defined or developed. Although books dealing with the collisions of many cultures are needed, this is a weak one.-Kenneth E. Kowen, E.L. Furr Senior High School, Houston, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558851153
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Roosevelt High School Series Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 151
  • Sales rank: 978,574
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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