GENRE:  Realistic, Poetry

SERIES:  N/A

PUBLISHER:  Cinco Puntos Press

AVAILABLE FORMATS:  Hardcover, Paperback,  eBook, Audiobook (Spanish only)

LANGUAGES:  Spanish edition available.

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

By David Bowles

Life is tough for a border kid, but Güero has figured out how to cope. He writes poetry.

Twelve-year-old Güero is Mexican American, at home with Spanish or English and on both sides of the river. He’s starting 7th grade with a woke English teacher who knows how to make poetry cool.

In Spanish, “Güero” is a nickname for guys with pale skin, Latino or Anglo. But make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano, like Canelo Álvarez, the Mexican boxer. Güero is also a nerd—reader, gamer, musician—who runs with a squad of misfits like him, Los Bobbys. Sure, they get in trouble like anybody else, and like other middle-school boys, they discover girls. Watch out for Joanna! She’s tough as nails.

But trusting in his family’s traditions, his accordion and his bookworm squad, he faces seventh grade with book smarts and a big heart.

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Américas Award, Commended Title, 2019

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books, 2019

Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit, 2019

NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry, Notable Verse Novels, 2019

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2019


BOOK AWARDS/STARRED REVIEWS

Pura Belpré Children's Author Award, Honor Book, 2019

School Library Journal Best Books of 2018, Middle Grade

School Library Journal, Starred Review, 2018

Shelf Awareness 2018 Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year, Middle Grade

Skipping Stones Book Award, Multicultural and International Books, 2019



Texas Institute of Letters, Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book, Co-Winner, 2018

Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Winner, 2019

Walter Dean Myers Award (The Walter), Honor Book, 2019

Whippoorwill Award, Winner, 2019

White Raven Book Award, The International Youth Library, 2019


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