Search Results: "Erika Garza-Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

NEW BORDER VOICES by Brandon D. Shuler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2014

"Students of Texas literature will want this as an index of both up-and-coming and canonical writers (absent Benjamin Sáenz and Cormac McCarthy). For students of borderlands literature writ large, a more general collection extending westward awaits its gatherer."
A mixed bag of writings from and about the Rio Grande country of Ojinaga, Terlingua and suchlike places. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"One, uno; two, dos; three, tres¡LUCHA! (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
What's better than one wrestler jumping on the bed? Ten of them! Read full book review >

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ZULEMA AND THE WITCH OWL/ZULEMA Y LA BRUJA LECHUZA by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"What might work well as an oral cautionary tale translates into a detrimentally moralistic book. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The disturbing use of scare tactics to reform a mean-spirited, nine-year-old bully lies at the heart of this bilingual English/Spanish story. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"His afterword gives a brief history of Mexican wrestling and especially El Santo—The Saint—its most popular hero and the original man in the silver mask. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Carlitos and his father go to the arena in Mexico City to watch a bout of "lucha libre" (professional wrestling) with Carlitos's Uncle Vicente. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Older middle-grade readers will find these Latin American horror stories deliciously short but spooky. (Short stories. 8-12)"
An entertaining bilingual collection of short stories that feature a creepy assortment of Mexican-inspired ghosts, witches, monsters, and more. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN & THE BINGO REMATCH by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Though this sequel doesn't achieve the same victory as its predecessor, it does set the stage for more engaging rounds to come—here's hoping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maximilian, the lucha-libre-obsessed 11-year-old from Garza's Pura Belpré Honor winner, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), returns to tackle a new mystery—understanding girls! Read full book review >

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ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

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SALVADOR ALLENDE by Hedda Garza
Released: March 22, 1989

In the "World Leaders, Past & Present" series, a biography of Chile's last freely-elected leader, a socialist. Read full book review >

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THE CABBAGE SOUP SOLUTION by Erika Oller
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A clever story about cultivation, in more ways than one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Elsie lives a simple life on a small farm where she grows many vegetables, but growing cabbages is what she does best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Garza's book is hopeful and inspirational, certain to lead some YAs to consider a future in law. (b&w photos, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14+)"
Garza (African Americans and Jewish Americans, 1995, etc.) presents a thorough and well-researched history of pioneering women lawyers and their struggle for the right to practice law, in this entry in the Women Then—Women Now series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AZAD'S CAMEL by Erika Pal
Kirkus Star
by Erika Pal, illustrated by Erika Pal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Her heart-tugging tale also folds in a succinct social-studies lesson, and a brief afterword explains the controversial 'sport' of camel racing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A kidnapped orphan races away to freedom. Read full book review >