Review by Lyn Miller Lachman
Joe López, a seventh grader who loves to draw, is tired of seeing eighth grade bully Martín Corona push smaller kids around and steal their lunch money. When he disrupts the shakedown of Luis, one of the smaller sixth graders, Martín demands that Joe give him the five dollars.
Joe’s best friend, Gary, loans him the money out of loyalty, but Joe doesn’t want to give in. He knows that paying off Martín and his cronies will only make the situation worse. Continue reading.
Rooster Joe and the Bully / Gallo Joe Y El Abuson by Xavier Garza
Published by Arte Publico Press on October 31, 2016
Genres: Bilingual, Bullying, Latinx, OwnVoices
Reading Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
Review Source: Pirate Tree
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Publisher's synopsis: This short novel for intermediate readers by acclaimed author and artist Xavier Garza features a seventh-grade boy juggling his desire to be an artist as successful as his grandfather, the need to escape a bully intent on taking him down and his interest in a new girl at school.