School Library October 2017 Issue

School library presidents issue

“DALE, DALE, DALE: UNA FIESTA DE NÚMEROS/HIT IT, HIT IT, HIT IT: A FIESTA OF NUMBERS”

Amazon Grade Level Recommendation: 

Preschool – 2

Publisher: Piñata Books 

ISBN-13: 978-1558857827

Teacher’s Guide: https://artepublicopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/TG-Dale-Dale.pdf

“Today is my birthday, and I am so excited. / One piñata filled with candy. / Two hours until the party. / Three tables set for all of the guests.” Mateo counts to 12 as he anticipates the fun he’ll have at his party! There will be family, friends and goodies: tops, marbles and even toy cars! But before the children can hit the piñata, they will sing the birthday boy a song and enjoy a delicious cake. And then Mateo will be “the happiest boy in the whole wide world,” because he gets to swing at the piñata first with everyone cheering him on.


the case of the pen gone missing

“THE CASE OF THE PEN GONE MISSING: A MICKEY RANGEL MYSTERY/EL CASO DE LA PLUMA PERDIDA: COLECCIÓN MICKEY RANGEL, DETECTIVE PRIVADO”

Amazon Grade Level Recommendation: 3 – 7

Publisher: Piñata Books 

ISBN-13: 978-1558855557

Teacher’s Guide: https://artepublicopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Case-of-the-Pen-Gone-Missing_11-18-15.pdf

When Toots Rodriguez, the prettiest girl in the fifth grade, approaches Mickey on the playground, he knows something is up. “You have to believe me, Mickey. I didn’t take that pen. I didn’t,” she insists. Rumor has it that Toots stole Eddy’s pen. It’s not just any pen; it’s his dad’s pen. It has the White House logo on it. Eddy’s father, a senator from South Texas, got the pen from the president of the United States when he visited the White House last year. As Mickey begins his investigation, though, all the clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects.


the lemon tree caper

“THE LEMON TREE CAPER: A MICKEY RANGEL MYSTERY/LA INTRIGA DEL LIMONERO: COLECCIÓN MICKEY RANGEL, DETECTIVE PRIVADO”

Grade Level Recommendation: 4 – 7

Publisher: Piñata Books 

ISBN-13: 978-1558857094

Teacher’s Guide: https://artepublicopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Lemon-Tree-Caper_11-18-15.pdf

Mickey Rangel, kid detective extraordinaire, has just exited the school bus one sweltering afternoon when he hears a blood-curdling shriek from his creepy neighbor, Señorita Andrade (a.k.a La Bruja Andrade). “My lemons, Mickey, my prize-winning lemons. They’re gone. They’re all gone,” she cries. Who could have stolen several sacks full of lemons? Was it only a coincidence that Tina had set up a lemonade stand just down the street? Or could it have been someone trying to sabotage Señorita Andrade’s entry in the upcoming annual Lemon Festival and Lowrider Bicycle Show? “I’ll get to the bottom of this, ma’am. Mickey Rangel is on the case.” 


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“A GOOD LONG WAY”

Amazon Grade Level Recommendation: 7 – 12

Publisher: Arte Publico Press 

ISBN-13: 978-1558856073

Teacher’s Guide: https://artepublicopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Good-Long-Way_11-24-15.pdf

When his father tells him that he either needs to follow the rules or leave, Beto—a senior in high school—decides to leave, right then, in the middle of the night. Once he has walked away, though, he realizes he has nowhere to go. Maybe his best friend Jessy—a hard-as-nails girl who has run away before—can help him. The story of Beto’s decision to run away and drop out of school is told from shifting perspectives in which the conflicted lives of Beto, Jessy and Roel (Beto’s brother) are revealed in short, poignant scenes that reflect teenage life along the Texas-Mexico border.


Basic k'ichee' grammar book review

“BASIC K’ICHEE’ GRAMMAR: 38 LESSONS, REVISED EDITION”

by James L. Mondloch

Publisher: University Press of Colorado 

ISBN-13: 978-1607325307

The K’ichee’an languages—K’ichee’, Kaqchikel, Tz'utujil, Sakapulteko, Achi and Sipakapense—occupy a prominent place among the indigenous languages of the Americas because of both their historical significance and the number of speakers (over one million total). “Basic K’ichee’ Grammar” is an extensive and accurate survey of the principal grammatical structures of K’ichee’. Written in a clear, nontechnical style to facilitate the learning of the language, it is the only K’ichee’ grammar available in English. A pedagogical rather than a reference grammar, the book is a thorough presentation of the basics of the K’ichee’ Maya language organized around graded grammatical lessons accompanied by drills and exercises. 


Spanish perspectives on chicano literature book review

“SPANISH PERSPECTIVES ON CHICANO LITERATURE: LITERARY AND CULTURAL ESSAYS”

Edited by Jesús Rosales and Vanessa Fonseca

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN-13: 978-0814213421

Rosales and Fonseca provide fresh perspectives on the field of Chicano literary and cultural studies. Composed of essays by scholars who live and work in the United States in addition to those who work primarily in Spain, this book examines how Spanish literary critics view and study Chicano literature. In general, these critics demonstrate a deep interest in Chicano culture in relation to its American, Mexican and Spanish identities, or multiple cultural mestizajes. For Chicanos this interest is intriguing for they see Spain’s vision of the Chicano both with inviting enthusiasm and reservation prevailing from an “open wound” from their historical connection with that country. 


chicano popular culture book review

“CHICANO POPULAR CULTURE, SECOND EDITION: QUE HABLE EL PUEBLO”

by Charles M. Tatum 

Publisher: University of Arizona Press 

ISBN-13: 978-0816536528

This edition provides a timely and accessible introduction to Chicano cultural expression and representation. New sections discuss music with an emphasis on hip-hop and rap; cinema and filmmakers; media, including the contributions of Jorge Ramos and María Hinojosa; and celebrations and popular traditions, including quinceañeras, cincuentañeras and César Chávez Day. It also features: Chicanas in the Chicano Movement and Chicanos since the Chicano Movement; new material on popular authors such as Denise Chávez, Alfredo Vea, Luis Alberto Urrea and Juan Felipe Herrera; and theoretical approaches to popular culture, including the perspectives of Norma Cantú, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Pancho McFarland, Michelle Habell-Pallán and Víctor Sorell.


Patriots Prostitutes and spies book review

“Patriots, Prostitutes, and Spies: Women and the Mexican-American War”

by John M. Belohlavek 

Publisher: University of Virginia Press 

ISBN-13: 978-0813939902

In his book Belohlavek tells the story of women on both sides of the Mexican-American War as they were propelled by the conflict to adopt new roles and expand traditional ones. American women “back home” functioned as anti-war activists, pro-war supporters and pioneering female journalists. Others moved West and established their own reputations for courage and determination in border towns or bordellos. Belohlavek juxtaposes the romanticized version of reality portrayed in the novels and performances of the period with the actual reality in Mexico, which included sexual assault, women soldaderas marching with men, and the challenges and courage of workingwomen off the battlefield.