The White Ravens

A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Presented by   Internationale Jugendbibliothek / International Youth Library

English / USA

They call me Güero. A border kid’s poems



Bowles, David (text)
El Paso, Texas: Cinco Puntos Press, [2018]. – 111 p.
ISBN 978-1-947627-07-9

Mexican American  | Bilingualism  | Cultural roots  | Bullying  | Racism  | Poetry  | Verse novel

White Ravens issue: 2019

Reading age: 10+

OPAC

Life can be difficult to navigate for someone like Güero, a Mexican American boy, growing up close to the Mexican border. A light-skinned kid (hence the Mexican nickname) with red hair and freckles, Güero is a bit of a nerd who loves chatting about his favourite books with his best friends, the three Bobbys – whom his sister has termed “los Derds”, i.e. “Diverse Nerds”. Occasionally, he gets into trouble for some mischief, he is repeatedly saved from bullies by his tough new girlfriend Joanna, and he discovers the power and fun of poetry. Using a variety of poetic forms, Güero talks about his daily life, about his family and their wider community, about rich traditions, and about everything that defines him as “a border kid, a foot on either bank.” Written in an authentic voice interspersed with many Spanish words and sentences, the heartfelt texts in David Bowles’s slim volume offer captivating glimpses into the ups and downs of living in a bilingual and multicultural environment.