Engle, Margarita

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

(2) YA Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez. Real-life victim José Díaz is killed at a party in 1942 Los Angeles--leading to police racial profiling, biased news coverage, the trial and conviction of "a bunch / of Mexican kids," and the terrorizing of Mexican American neighborhoods and jazz-dancing zoot suiters by gangs of white sailors. Engle's historical novel in free verse weaves together plenty of voices for a vivid look at a seldom-represented moment in U.S. history. Bib.


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