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They Call Me Gero
They Call Me Gero: A Border Kid's Poems | David Bowles
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This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly mischievous.
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Librariana
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When the book's author likes your review 😳😯🤯😬🤔😄🤓😁😃🥳

All the emojis!

Your girl does not claim to be a professional reviewer nor very good about putting thoughts and emotions about a reading experience into something logical... or something that'll encourage someone else to pick up this book... but I strive to be genuine and this poetry collection will always have a little spot in my border kid heart.

#ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks

Hooked_on_books How cool that he liked your review! I actually had an author “like” my review on goodreads when I hated the book. Yikes! 😳 3mo
readordierachel Awesome! 3mo
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Librariana
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For me, this was an exceptional book. I saw myself and my husband... my very own Güero... in many of its poems. I saw my familia (family) and our traditions and our costumbres (customs) and even the dichos (traditional sayings) my Mom is so fond of imparting on us. I saw fragments of my hometown in México and the border city in Texas that embraced us when we first moved to the United States.

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Librariana I saw a protagonist straddling and balancing two cultures and I understood. I saw memories reflected back to me... and boy, did this make my heart smile. 3mo
Paperback.Propensity Wow I have to read this 3mo
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Librariana
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A souvenir from our recent Mother's Day holiday trip to Texas - a #Starbucks #travelmug 😍

Hubby and I got to meet our sweet little niece for the very first time and she was just as perfect as I knew she'd be!

Now that we're back in the Pacific Northwest, I'm diving into a book of poems that reminds me of my youth and of our little border town of El Paso 🇺🇸❤🇲🇽

#poetry #PuraBelpreAward #CincoPuntosPress

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Peddler410 Thank you for sharing! Last year I started what is becoming a tradition of reading only novels in verse for April. I‘ve read many of these, but there are a few new to me 😊 (edited) 9mo
WanderingBookaneer @Peddler410 , I might just steal that tradition. 9mo
Peddler410 @WanderingBookaneer I‘ve been keeping a google sheet of novel-in-verse for mg and ya ... if you‘re interested, I can share through google. 9mo
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Peddler410
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Up next. Getting an early start on my Poetry Month Reading.
#mgnovelinverse

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sakeriver
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Reading this, I find myself wishing I could have had a comparable book about a Japanese American kid when I was young. I really do think that it‘s a great time for literature, especially children‘s and middle-grade lit.

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#hubchallenge19 book 3 is a volume of poems depicting slice-of-life stories from a boy growing up on the border between Texas and Mexico. Güero is a nerdy 7th grader who navigates bullies, his first relationship, family vacations across the border, and homework through his poetry. The vignettes are touching but I wanted more of a plot arc than it delivered.

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sakeriver
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Next

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suzisteffen
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The final poem in the book:

The Refuge on the Ranch

It‘s quiet here except for the hushed flow of the river
and the hum of bugs answered by the sharp trill of birds.
Somewhere, an ocelot growls.

I know poetry when I hear it.

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suzisteffen
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Another for the #childrenspoetry award committee.

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ChristySevern
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A wonderful set of culturally and socially relevant poems told from the perspective of an RGV border kid. Moving and personal, the poems give insight to living on the SouthTexas-Mexico border.

Fun fact: David Bowles was my UG and MA literature instructor, as well as chaired my MA thesis committee! (My personal connection to the author did not affect my thoughts or review of the book) 😊

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BookInMyHands
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Güero is a border kid- one foot in each culture, and living on the Texas- Mexico border. As a light-skinned, red-headed Mexican American he‘s told by bullies that he doesn‘t belong, but poetry helps Güero find his voice and be his own person.

#novelinverse
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