Jazz Owls

By ENGLE, Margarita

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ISBN
9781534409439
Publisher
S. & S. Atheneum


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on February 1, 2018  |  Middle School

Gr 7 Up—Set during the Zoot Suit riots, this novel in verse tells a fictional account of a dark time in American history. Marisela and Lorena are jazz owls who work all day and dance all night. They also dance during the day as they twist and turn trying to navigate their place in Los Angeles during World War II. They face racism at home for their Latino heritage despite having family members serving overseas. Marisela falls in love with a musician, while Lorena dreams about saving en...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

In 1942 Los Angeles, after working all day at the canneries, teen sisters Lorena and Marisela can't wait to put on their sharpest swing skirts and high heels for a night of jazz dancing with soon-to-ship-off soldiers at the local USO. After (real-life victim) José Díaz is killed at a party, police round up the neighborhood youth in an act of racial profiling, which the news media further reinforces through biased coverage. This incident and the resulting Sleepy Lagoon trial and conviction of "a bunch / ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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