Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz

Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz

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by Mona Ruiz, Geoff Boucher
     
 

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Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz spins a gripping tale of one woman's private war to find her own identity and escape the pull of the street gangs that have carved her barrio into turfs where one misstep can lead to violence. This engrossing account traces the crests and dips in the path of Mona Ruiz's life - a life that forced her to assume contradicting roles:

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Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz spins a gripping tale of one woman's private war to find her own identity and escape the pull of the street gangs that have carved her barrio into turfs where one misstep can lead to violence. This engrossing account traces the crests and dips in the path of Mona Ruiz's life - a life that forced her to assume contradicting roles: gang chola, high school drop-out, battered wife, welfare mother, student, cop, disowned daughter, policewoman and finally success story.

No matter how desolate her prospects were, the Santa Ana native always knew a better life could be hers. When she was a child, her father once told her that police officers were "soldiers of Christ" and the image never left her mind. Despite hostility from the local cops who didn't like her looks or background, Mona made her unlikely dream come true. She now wears a badge as well as a gang tattoo. She is now an protector on the same streets where she once ran with the predators. A monument to courage, this compelling story well serve as an example for all women and all youth in crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558854550
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
282,250
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)

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Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Truly Recomend This Book I Started Reading This Book When We Had Silent Reading My Junior Year It Is A Great Book. This Book Talks About Real Problems That People Face Everyday It Also Helps You Get Out Of Any Trouble Your The Book Is Really Inspirational! Kudoos To Mona Ruiz (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I RECOMEND THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT RELEATEDS TO ME WHEN I WAS A GANG MEMBER LIFES HARD IN THE STREETS IF YOU DONT DIE YOU END UP PRISON THOSE TWO THINGS ARE YOUR FUTURED.THIS BOOK MADE ME REALIZED THAT LIFE A GIFT FROM GOD AND WHATEVER YOU DO WITH IT IS GODS GIFT FROM YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TODAY I'VE CHANGED ALL MY HOMIES WHAT I CALLED MI FAMILIA ARE EITHER DEAD OR IN PRISON FOR LIFE. EVERY NIGHT I THANK GOD FOR GIVING ME ANOTHER CHANCE TO LIVE MI VIDA LOCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. It shows the reality our kids face today and the pressures they face everyday to be part of a gang. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with finding themselves or as an inspiration to students/kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The life of Mona Ruiz is a life that many girls here in Santa Ana still live. Many of them become pregnant at an early age an almost never succeed in life like Mona did. This book i would recommmend to everyone especially the guys and girls who think that once you fall down in life, you can't get back up. 2 Badges;The Lives of Mona Ruiz will help you understand that there is still hope.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very real, honest, and portrayed the way that life really is for some people on an everyday basis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. Two Badges the life story of Mona Ruiz, shows that one can change their lives around for the better. The hardship and triumph of her gang live to a productive citizen and serving her city as a police officer. I was able to relate to her story.