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The Resource Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saaenz

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saaenz

Label
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood
Title
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood
Statement of responsibility
by Benjamin Alire Saaenz
Title variation
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty
Storyline
Award
  • Americas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2004.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005
  • YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2009.
Review
Gr 9 Up –Sammy Santos–responsible, bright, and self-contained–grows up in the Hollywood barrio of Las Cruces, NM, during the last half of the 1960s. Sáenz provides the Mexican-American teen with a voice that is genuine and compelling, realistic in its limitations and nuances as he comes to grips with the death of Juliana, his first love, and the increasingly complex demands and needs of his remaining friends, as well as of his family and neighbors. Subplots involve the role of the Church in the barrio, the movement from authoritarian school administrations to the loosening of rules during the Vietnam War period, the realistic portrayal of what happened to too many gay teens during this period (and continues to happen today), the effects of the draft on poor young men of color, the roles adopted by individual teens as they mature within a community's social order, and family ties that require people to choose sometimes for themselves and sometimes for others in the family. Sáenz works through all this material neatly and so effectively that Sammy deserves to become a character of lasting interest to both casual readers and literature classes. Expletives appear throughout as do large helpings of Spanish, without italics and not always with English echoed afterward, in perfect keeping both with Sammy's world and his self-perception. His hopes and plans for a better life, beyond the hold of Hollywood are poignant and palpable. This is a powerful and authentic look at a community's aspirations and the tragic losses that result from shattered dreams.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA --Francisca Goldsmith (Reviewed September 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 9, p217)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
132073
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Saaenz, Benjamin Alire
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 390L
  • Decoding demand: 93 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 63 (high)
  • Structure demand: 83 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
2.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Violence
  • Mexican Americans
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saaenz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
490247
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780938317814
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2004002414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780938317814
  • (Sirsi) ADO-8906
Label
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saaenz
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
490247
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780938317814
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2004002414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780938317814
  • (Sirsi) ADO-8906

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