They Call Me Güero

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Pub Date: 11/27/2018

Pages: 160

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Imprint: Cinco Puntos Press

ISBN 13: 9781947627079

ISBN 10: 1947627074

Price: $12.95 / $18.95 CAN

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse

They Call Me Güero

By David Bowles

Price: $12.95

About the Book

Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2019

ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019

Walter Award Honor Book, 2019

Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Bank Street 2019

NCTE 2019 Notable Verse Novels

Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award

TIL Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book 2018

School Library Journal's 2018 Best Books

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

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

He writes poetry.

About the Book

This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly mischievous.


A product of a Mexican-American family, David Bowles has lived most of his life in deep South Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, David has written several books, most significantly the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror. He is the author of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. He is also one of David Gidwitz' collaborators on The Unicorn Rescue Society series.