Juanita Fights the School Board (Roosevelt High School Series Books)

Velasquez, Gloria

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Synopsis: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Juanita, the eldest daughter of Mexican farm workers, is expelled from high school, but with the help of a Latina psychologist and a civil rights attorney, she fights the discriminatory treatment and returns determined to finish school.

From Kirkus Reviews: In this first book of Vel squez's projected Roosevelt High School series, Mexican-American Juanita Ch vez is expelled from school for fighting, although she didn't start the fight and the white girl who did has not been punished at all. Juanita is devastated: Unlike her older brother who wants to quit school and get a job, she enjoys her studies and would like to finish and eventually become a Spanish teacher. Through her friend Maya, Juanita meets Ms. Mart¡nez, a psychiatrist who agrees to counsel Juanita and speak to the school administration on her behalf. Ms. Mart¡nez also enlists the aid of Sam Turner, a white liberal lawyer, to fight the school's decision. The establishment plays dirty, but justice predictably triumphs, and Juanita is allowed to resume her education. Undeveloped subplots include Juanita's struggle against her strict father, her budding illicit romance with a neighborhood boy, and Ms. Mart¡nez's complex relationship with her own mother. The narrative alternates between Juanita's and Ms. Mart¡nez's voices--Juanita's present tense is particularly jarring--and reads like a real case history, with all the idiosyncracies of actual speech and the irrelevancies of real life. Although the issues explored here are important ones, Vel squez's presentation is unengaging. Dry, repetitive, and all too realistic. (Glossary) (Fiction. YA) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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