They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems

They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems

by David Bowles

Paperback

$12.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

Bluebonnet Award Master List 2020-2021
Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2019
ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019
Walter Award Honor Book, 2019

Twelve-year-old Güero is Mexican American, at home with Spanish or English and on both sides of the river. He's starting 7th grade with a woke English teacher who knows how to make poetry cool.

In Spanish, "Güero" is a nickname for guys with pale skin, Latino or Anglo. But make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano, like Canelo Álvarez, the Mexican boxer. Güero is also a nerd—reader, gamer, musician—who runs with a squad of misfits like him, Los Bobbys. Sure, they get in trouble like anybody else, and like other middle-school boys, they discover girls. Watch out for Joanna! She's tough as nails.

But trusting in his family's traditions, his accordion and his bookworm squad, he faces seventh grade with book smarts and a big heart. Life is tough for a border kid, but Güero has figured out how to cope.

He writes poetry.

In Spanish, "Güero" is a nickname for guys with pale skin, Latino or Anglo. But make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano, like Canelo Álvarez, the Mexican boxer. Güero is also a nerd—reader, gamer, musician—who runs with a squad of misfits like him, Los Bobbys. Sure, they get in trouble like anybody else, and like other middle-school boys, they discover girls. Watch out for Joanna! She's tough as nails.

But trusting in his family's traditions, his accordion and his bookworm squad, he faces seventh grade with book smarts and a big heart. Life is tough for a border kid, but Güero has figured out how to cope.

He writes poetry.

Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Bank Street 2019
NCTE 2019 Notable Verse Novels
Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award
TIL Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book 2018
Skipping Stones Award
Ámericas Award, Commended Title
School Library Journal's 2018 Best Books
Shelf Awareness 2018 Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year, Middle Grade
Favorites of 2019, Americas Society / Council of the Americas

A product of a Mexican-American family, David Bowles has lived most of his life in deep South Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, David has written several books, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror, Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Society series), and the middle grade graphic novel Rise of the Halfling King (Tales of the Feathered Serpent #1).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947627079
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 45,582
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

A product of a Mexican-American family, David Bowles has lived most of his life in deep South Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, David has written several books, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror, Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Society series), and the middle grade graphic novel Rise of the Halfling King (Tales of the Feathered Serpent #1).

Table of Contents

Border Kid 9

Borderlands 10

Checkpoint 11

Our House 13

Pulga Pantoum 15

Fingers & Keys 16

Lullaby 17

Learning to Read 18

Nagual 21

Bottle Rocket Battle 22

First Day of Seventh Grade 25

Los Bobbys, or the Bookworm Squad 27

They Call Me Güero 30

Ms. Wong & the Rabbit 32

Trickster 35

Birthday Medley 37

Sundays 38

Records 39

Variedad Musical 41

La Mano Pachona 42

Mischief 46

Confession 47

Thoughts at Mass 48

The Newcomer 50

Christmas Concrete 53

Uncle Joe's History Lessons 55

Tamalada 57

Food for Each Season 60

The Gift 62

Answering the Bully 63

Joanna la Fregona 66

Neighborhoods 68

Valentine Texts 71

Movies 72

Remedios y Rarezas 74

Cascarón War 76

La Lechuza Outside My Window 78

Ballad of the Mighty Tlacuach 81

Playoff Game 83

Spanish Birds 85

Mis otros abuelos 87

Wedding in Monterrey 89

Losing Puchi 92

Wheels 95

Carne Asada 96

Father's Day 98

Teresa's Quinceañera Waltz 102

A Sonnet for Joanna 104

The Refuge on the Ranch 105

Glossary 107

Customer Reviews