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Jazz owls : a novel of the Zoot Suit Riots /

by Engle, Margarita [author.]; Gutierrez, Rudy [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2018]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.

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In 1942 Los Angeles, after working all day at the canneries, teen sisters Lorena and Marisela cant wait to put on their sharpest swing skirts and high heels for a night of jazz dancing with soon-to-ship-off soldiers at the local USO. After (real-life victim) Jos Daz is killed at a party, police round up the neighborhood youth in an act of racial profiling, which the news media further reinforces through biased coverage. This incident and the resulting Sleepy Lagoon trial and conviction of a bunch / of Mexican kids spark riots that see gangs of white navy sailors infiltrating and terrorizing Mexican American neighborhoods, beating and publicly stripping zoot suiters (including Lorena and Mariselas younger brother Ray) of their clothes. Police are clearly aware of whats happening but, unsurprisingly, avoid arresting the sailors. Engles historical novel in verse offers a look at a seldom-represented moment in U.S. history. Told primarily from the viewpoints of the siblings, the story weaves in plenty of voices: Mariselas Afro-Cuban musician boyfriend, sailors, reporters, police officers, other family members. The free verse brings us inside the characters heads, allowing us to feel Rays indignation at racial violence and to understand Lorenas politicization as she connects her experiences of injustice to organizing for better working conditions. Black-and-white illustrations, full of swooping figures that recall dance even as they depict violence, separate the books sections. lettycia terrones (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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