Rio Grande Stories

Rio Grande Stories

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by Carolyn Meyer
     
 

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This book of short stories explores how New Mexico's fascinating history and geography connect people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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This book of short stories explores how New Mexico's fascinating history and geography connect people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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[set star] "Meyer's mixture of contemporary voices, engrossing histories and vibrant heritages is enlightening."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

 
"Meyer's writing style is accessible and engaging, making this a good read or an easy curriculum connection to the multicultural mainstream."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Meyer ( Where the Broken Heart Still Beats ; White Lilacs ) imaginatively explores multicultural aspects of the American Southwest in this rich collection of linked short stories. As part of a fund-raising project, a class of 15 junior-high students attending a ``magnet'' school in Rio Grande decides to write and sell a volume of personal essays about life in New Mexico, past and present; each chapter here focuses on a different member of the class. The students are ethnically diverse--Native American, Hispanic, African American and Anglo--and their experiences while researching the essays prove to be as wide-ranging as their chosen topics. Rosa Gonzales plans to recount the legend of La Llorona, the wailing woman, until a run-in with the lady apparition convinces Rosa to choose a ``safer'' subject. Native Americans Ricky Begay and Pauline Romero turn to relatives to provide information about traditional art forms of their tribes. Others dig deep into their own families' pasts to discuss religious practices or to chronicle their favorite heroes. Meyer's mixture of contemporary voices, engrossing histories and vibrant heritages is enlightening, and will be valued not only by the target audience but by older readers as well. Ages 8-12. (June)
The ALAN Review - Bonnie O. Ericson
Seventh graders enrolled in the Heritage Project at Rio Grande Middle School decide to raise money for their school by writing and selling a book. Organized in an interesting fashion, each chapter of Rio Grande Stories focuses on one (or occasionally on two) of the students: each student's story is followed by his or her contribution to the Heritage Project book. These student-authored contributions reflect the writers' diverse backgrounds and cover a variety of topics, including a grandfather who was a Navajo code talker in World War II, the history of tortillas, and an account of the secret Jews of New Mexico. As the book progresses, the stories become interconnected as the students form friendships and work together. Rio Grande Stories is delightfully rich in detail about Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Most appropriate for middle-school students, it would work as a fictional companion to The Foxfire Book and could even inspire students to write their own class books.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-When the principal at a school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announces that she wants to buy a sculpture for the front lawn ``that will symbolize how the Rio Grande-both the school and the river it's named for-brings us together,'' she challenges the students to discover creative ways to contribute. The seventh-grade Heritage Project participants decide that each of them will write a chapter for a book, which they will then sell to relatives and to the community. Their efforts are presented after an introductory chapter on each student, which describes the inspiration for what he or she writes about and tells a story in itself, highlighting the variety of cultures represented. The students- and readers-learn more about their own cultures and develop a sense of pride and appreciation for others. Characters and plot are credible, well developed, and interesting. A book with lasting appeal.-Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152000660
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,069,358
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
[set star] "Meyer's mixture of contemporary voices, engrossing histories and vibrant heritages is enlightening."—Publishers Weekly   "Meyer's writing style is accessible and engaging, making this a good read or an easy curriculum connection to the multicultural mainstream."—Booklist

Meet the Author

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at www.readcarolyn.com.

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Rio Grande Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
phillupup More than 1 year ago
My son 13 loved this book. Was required to read for school. Read it in two days - got 100% on the standardized test over it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the seventh grade with a friend, and we loved it!! It is outstanding!!!