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Jazz Owls - by Margarita Engle (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 208

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Age Range: Teen

Author: Margarita Engle

Language: English

Street Date: August 6, 2019
TCIN: 76618057
UPC: 9781534409446
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-9034

Description

"Perfect for history buffs, dance enthusiasts, poets, and just about anyone looking for a great story." --School Library Journal (starred review)

From the Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.

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 beckons 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.

Suddenly the young white sailors are attacking the girls' brothers and boyfriends. The cool, loose zoot suits they wear are supposedly the reason for the violence--when in reality the boys are viciously beaten and arrested simply because of the color of their skin.

In soaring images and searing poems, this is the breathtaking story of what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots.

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