Jazz owls : a novel of the Zoot Suit Riots /Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Edition: First edition.Description: 179 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781534409439; 1534409432.Subject(s): Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943 -- Juvenile fiction | Race relations -- Juvenile fiction | Dance -- Juvenile fiction | Sailors -- Juvenile fiction | Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction | Novels in verse | Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943 -- Fiction | Race relations -- Fiction | Dancing -- Fiction | Sailors -- Fiction | Mexican Americans -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction | Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Historical fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Novels in verse | Historical fictionSummary: In early 1940s Los Angeles, Mexican Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night with their zoot suit wearing younger brother, Ray, as escort until the night racial violence leads to murder. Includes historical note.
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From the Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.<br> <br> Thousands of young Navy sailors are pouring into Los Angeles on their way to the front lines of World War II. They are teenagers, scared, longing to feel alive before they have to face the horrors of battle. Hot jazz music spiced with cool salsa rhythms calls them to dance with the local Mexican American girls, who jitterbug all night before working all day in the canneries. Proud to do their part for the war effort, these Jazz Owl girls are happy to dance with the sailors--until the blazing summer night when racial violence leads to murder.<br> <br> Suddenly the young white sailors are attacking these girls' brothers and boyfriends. The cool, loose zoot suits they wear are supposedly the reason for the violence--when in reality these boys are viciously beaten and arrested simply because of the color of their skin.<br> <br> In soaring images and powerful poems, this is the breathtaking story of what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots as only Margarita Engle could tell it.
In early 1940s Los Angeles, Mexican Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night with their zoot suit wearing younger brother, Ray, as escort until the night racial violence leads to murder. Includes historical note.
Includes bibliographical references.