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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.

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This story of family, racial strife, and the meaning of patriotism is told in vibrant free verse set to the beat of swing bands and Latino rhythms. The multiple points of view and fast-paced storyline of Jazz Owls may be a bit of a challenge for some readers, particularly if they're not already familiar with zoot suits, ducktail haircuts, USO dances, or Rosie the Riveter.

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