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Us, In Progress: Short Stories about Young Latinos



by
Lulu Delacre

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062392145

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Diverse Fiction for Older and Middle Readers: 2018
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books
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Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: General
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Many of the stories in this collection are inspired by the news—immigration issues, obesity in the Latino community, gentrification, and so on. Introduction. Translations of Spanish words and phrases. Translations of refranes. Notes on the stories. Black-and-white illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7 3/4"

AR

5: points 5

Lexile

740L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Nov 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Short stories. Social issues. Latino background and ethnicity. Immigration. Latinos in the United States. Discrimination.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*

Horn Book

This collection opens with “The Attack,” a heart-wrenching and all-too-timely account of a young Latino man with a disability being mistreated by the police. The twelve tales are all based on true events, appended with notes that explain where Delacre first learned of them and citing the article that informed each piece. The deliberate voice and close focus on each fictionalized protagonist turns each headline into a relatable story. At the beginning of each tale, Delacre includes intricate mixed-media character portraits, purposely unfinished, pencil drawings layered between pierced rice paper and incorporating newspaper clippings from her original sources. She also pairs each story with a refrán; these sayings are translated in the back matter, which also includes a glossary of Spanish terms. The collection presents stories about health (in “Selfie,” Marla attempts to improve her pre-diabetic condition through cycling); about young people feeling shame over their parents’ jobs (“Burrito Man”); parents being deported (“Band-Aid”); and siblings who are undocumented (“The Secret”). In contrast, in “90,000 Children,” a twelve-year-old Latino boy aspires to be a Border Patrol agent. Delacre’s collection challenges existing misconceptions by giving readers an intimate and varied look into what it is like to be young and Latino in the United States today. sonia alejandra rodriguez

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This collection opens with “The Attack,” a heart-wrenching and all-too-timely account of a young Latino man with a disability being mistreated by the police. The twelve tales are all based on true events, appended with notes that explain where Delacre first learned of them and citing the article that informed each piece. The deliberate voice and close focus on each fictionalized protagonist turns each headline into a relatable story. At the beginning of each tale, Delacre includes intricate mixed-media character portraits, purposely unfinished, pencil drawings layered between pierced rice paper and incorporating newspaper clippings from her original sources. She also pairs each story with a refrán; these sayings are translated in the back matter, which also includes a glossary of Spanish terms. The collection presents stories about health (in “Selfie,” Marla attempts to improve her pre-diabetic condition through cycling); about young people feeling shame over their parents’ jobs (“Burrito Man”); parents being deported (“Band-Aid”); and siblings who are undocumented (“The Secret”). In contrast, in “90,000 Children,” a twelve-year-old Latino boy aspires to be a Border Patrol agent. Delacre’s collection challenges existing misconceptions by giving readers an intimate and varied look into what it is like to be young and Latino in the United States today. sonia alejandra rodriguez

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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