Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

From the Young People?s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. Thousands of young Navy sailors are pouring into Los Angeles on their way to the front lines of World War II. They are teenagers, scared, longing to feel alive before they have to face the horrors of battle. Hot jazz music spiced with cool salsa rhythms ca From the Young People?s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of...

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Title:Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots
Author:Margarita Engle
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1534409432
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Reviews

  • David
    Dec 10, 2017
    An amazing and important work. Full review to come. ...
  • Kirsten
    Jan 25, 2019
    Well done! I was a little taken aback to discover I had a verse novel, but the format actually worked well because it allowed many voices. I was only vaguely familiar with the Zoot Suit Riots and the multiple perspectives allowed a lot more insight and connection on a personal level th...
  • Trixi
    Nov 25, 2018
    A very quick read. Historical fiction following a Mexican family living and working in East L.A during WW II. The older brother is already a missing in action soldier, the 2 girls are workers by day in a canning factory and jazz owls at night in the dance clubs and the younger brother ...
  • Sarah Rosenberger
    May 19, 2018
    Ray is only 12, but that doesn't stop him from dressing up in his zoot suit and dancing all night. It also doesn't keep him safe from attacks by white police and soldiers... Marisela dances too, spinning and jitterbugging with soldiers who need one last hurrah before shipping out. B...
  • The Reading Countess
    Feb 04, 2018
    Thanks to #partner @simonschuster for this advanced peek at an important and timely poetic narrative. Although this is set during WWII, we are STILL dealing with race, inequality and prejudice both in society as well as in our journalists' writing. Margarita Engle tells a well-rounded,...
  • Mary Sanchez
    Aug 15, 2018
    This little known American history of the "Mexican problem" in California is told through verse in the voices of different people who lived the story. Mexican Americans sent their sons to war in WWII, their daughters worked in the canneries and factories by day, and lightened the mo...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Jun 25, 2018
    I love Margarita Engle for shining a light on little known (at least to me) history. This was a dark moment in our history. Unfortunately, the reflected behavior is eerily contemporary and familiar. ...
  • Josephine
    Oct 18, 2018
    I liked the information afforded in the book but didn?t enjoy the writing style. This is a historical novel written in free verse. ...
  • Lonna Pierce
    Mar 28, 2018
    This novel in verse highlights the different voices in one Latino family living in Los Angeles during WWII. Mexicanos, Papi, Mami, Marisela, Lorena, and Ray try to make a meager living in the canneries while their brother, Nicolas is fighting in the war. Several white reporters, who di...
  • Jamie Ruppert
    Jun 02, 2018
    This is a good quick read for those who love to read books in verse and historical fiction. ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Jul 10, 2018
    It's 1942 in Los Angeles, California. America hasn't been in World War II very long, but already the country is doing maximum war effort work. And that includes Mexican American sisters Marisela, 16, and Lorena, 14, who work long, exhausting days in a cannery, canning fruits and vegeta...
  • Nikki S
    Jun 24, 2018
    This was very good! I'm not a fan of historical fiction OR novels in verse, but I'm glad I still picked this one up. Heartbreaking and beautiful! Real review to come! **EDIT 01/05/19** You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... The first thing that caugh...
  • Brandy
    Nov 02, 2017
    A powerful read about race and the Zoot Suit Riots in 1942 - 1943 told in verse and poetry with Spanish words sprinkled throughout. Quick read that pulls you in from the beginning. ...
  • Chelsey
    Jul 10, 2018
    I ended up really enjoying this because of the interesting history and the under-heard voices. However, it took me a REALLY long time to get into this. The poetry hindered my point of entry, and until I was hooked by the subject, I wasn't a fan. This will probably be a hard sell, which...
  • Meredith
    Jul 20, 2018
    I learned about a part of history that I'd never heard of ... well, except for the title of a Cherry Poppin' Daddies song ... which Wikipedia tells me was indeed about the historical event, but I didn't realize at the time. Things that made me mad: - Workers getting in trouble for ...
  • Ms. Jackson
    Dec 21, 2018
    A possible theme is stand up for what you believe. ...
  • Roben Closs
    Mar 23, 2019
    Told from many different points of view, Engle explores a not very well known (but very important) piece of American history - a time when white sailors decided it was OK to gang up on other Americans and beat them up - simply because their skin color was different. Police looked the o...
  • Melissa Lynn
    May 10, 2018
    Highly recommended for all young readers. ...
  • Garren
    Sep 05, 2018
    A code-switching novel in verse about Latinx people in California during WWII. I had no idea about Navy sailors attacking Latinx kids due to whipped up racial fears about brown skinned youths. There's a lot of bad, true history here but there's also so much lively writing about danc...
  • Erikka
    Sep 04, 2018
    This is a fantastic and quick read about a little-known historic period: the zoot suit riots and the treatment of Mexican Americans during WWII. Spoiler alert: it's pretty much on par with how Mexicans are treated now (read: awful). I loved the varying perspectives and the auténtico S...
  • Stephanie Bange
    Apr 09, 2018
    Once again, Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle shines a light on a little-known historical event, making it palpable for young people. This time she tackles a racism event that occurred in Southern California in the early 1940s. It was the start of a hot summer in Los Ange...
  • Becky B
    Apr 15, 2019
    Through multiple voices in free verse, but primarily 3 teeange Mexican American siblings, Engle tells the story of the Zoot Suit Riots in LA in 1943, what led up to them, and the fallout from them. I didn't know anything about the Zoot Suit Riots before reading this book. Basically,...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    May 22, 2018
    Engle succeeds once again in presenting a complex social/political event in the form of a novel in verse. And once again, I think I can't possibly be sucked in and I am. The Zoot Suit Riots took place in a Los Angeles night club in 1943. Zoot suit-wearing minority teens enjoying the la...
  • Linda Mitchell
    Aug 06, 2018
    I loved Jazz Owls. I am a middle school librarian and look for texts to share about how it feels to be in different places/times/situations. Jazz Owls really does that. Margarita Engle masterfully weaves together a cast of fictional characters of the time to give those of us today an i...
  • Liz Friend
    Jan 28, 2019
    The story: Latino girls during World War II worked at the cannery all day and danced with soldiers all night, doing their bit to cheer up the boys before they headed off to war in the Pacific. But all their good efforts can't overcome the racism and prejudice that comes their way, and ...
  • Raven Black
    May 02, 2019
    Amazing look at piece of history that might be lesser known. However, it's repeating itself now. Emotional. Well written. Easy to read, but hard to process due to context/that emotional punch ...
  • Kathryn G.
    Aug 20, 2018
    Fascinating, covering a piece of history I didn't even know existed. But it was written in poetry style, meaning there was no chance to get to know the characters or become invested in the "plot." It was interesting, but not amazing by any means. ...
  • Shella
    Dec 30, 2018
    This was a disappointment and about the only book I almost abandoned for a 2018 book. This was not due to the author- but the editor of this book. The poetry was fine but this topic needed pictures, captions, and links. A nonfiction book on this topic would have been a much better choi...
  • Rachel Verhagen
    May 31, 2018
    This is a wonderful representation of the Latinx life in LA during the 1940s. I enjoyed all of the poems and I thought they were beautifully written. I devoured this book in less than 2 hours and it was a great read. ...
  • Ms. Galván
    Jan 17, 2019
    Beautiful! Jazz Owls is the story of the Zoot Suit Riots in LA during the 40's, when war has broken out all over the world and Mexican-American families wage war against racism at home. The story is narrated through the eyes of a "victory family" in LA. Mami, Papa, Marisela, Lorena, an...