Search Results: "Luis J. Rodriguez"


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MUSIC OF THE MILL by Luis J. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"Powerful forces clash but don't engage in a way to involve the reader."
Mexican-Americans and other minorities struggle for power in an L.A. steel mill, in a heartfelt but disjointed first novel from this poet, autobiographer and storywriter (The Republic of East L.A., 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Galvez's realistic artwork makes the story, and its point, plain and accessible. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Rodriguez's bilingual story of just how easy it is to drift into gang life is snappily delivered in a tempo that makes it real. Read full book review >

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THE REPUBLIC OF EAST L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2002

"Misfires orbiting a worthwhile theme."
Twelve stories from poet and memoirest Rodriguez (Always Running, 1993, etc.) paint a disturbing portrait of East Los Angeles, but fail to populate it with characters who transcend the political sensibility they seem to emerge from. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Raw, searing reading from start to finish."
In this brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running (1994), acclaimed journalist, poet and fiction writer Rodriguez (Music of the Mill, 2005, etc.) chronicles his struggle to leave behind a drug- and crime-ridden world that always threatened to "call him back." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A song of the streets, fortissimo."
Angry autobiography of a Mexican-American who survived the gang wars of the late 60's and early 70's. Read full book review >

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SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH! by Edel Rodriguez
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Sergio comes with his own website, but a celebrity like Olivia he's not—more of an everypenguin, whose angst in the face of new experiences will strike a chord in many young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sergio the Argentinian penguin loves drinking, splashing and playing with water, but he can't swim—which makes for some anxious moments when his class takes a field trip to the ocean. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER'S REVENGE by Béatrice Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Plenty to look at and much to think about in this complex and funny trilogy conclusion. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Picking up where The Chicken Thief (2010) left off, this companion follows Hen's erstwhile friends Rabbit, Bear and jilted Rooster as they make their way back home. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Béatrice Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Not the most flavorsome retelling, but worth a nibble. (Picture book folk tale. 4-6)"
It's all a lark in this quick and simple version of the tale—at least until someone gets eaten. Read full book review >

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From the Banks of Brook Avenue by W.R. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A long, beautiful praise song to the land north of the Harlem River."
Poet Rodriguez (Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Box, 2008, etc.) brings his Bronx Trilogy to a resounding, satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >