Item description for Call Me Henri by Lorraine M. Lopez...
Overview Faced with family problems, difficulty in school, and gangs in the barrio, Enrique dreams of some day reaching the "other America" depicted on television, while sympathetic teachers help him cope by supporting his fight to study French instead of ESL.
Publishers Description In Call me Henri, Enrique, a boy in middle school, faces abuse at home and danger on the streets. Yet he is driven to succeed by the desire to find a better life and is aided in his quest by compassionate teachers. His ambition finds expression in his determination to drop his ESL class in favor of taking French, and so his story begins, "Call me Henri."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896275 ISBN13 9781931896276
Availability 0 units.
More About Lorraine M. Lopez
Lorraine M. Lopez is an associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She works as the associate editor of the "Afro-Hispanic Review", a bilingual journal of literature and culture. She is the author of several books, including "The Gifted Gabald--n Sisters" and "Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories".
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Surviving Life's Obstacles Dec 11, 2006
In "Call Me Henri" (Curbstone Press, $17.95 hardcover), a novel for young adult readers, Lorraine López introduces us to a middle-school student, Enrique, who valiantly attempts to survive life's obstacles. He juggles the demands of teachers with helping his working mother by baby-sitting his three brothers -- infant triplets -- after school. Enrique's stepfather battles alcoholism and while under the influence, creates a violent and uncertain atmosphere at home. And then there are the dangers of gangs that Enrique must confront while walking to and from school. But there is a glimmer of hope through learning. With the help of several caring teachers, Enrique falls in love with the French language which leads to intellectual excitement and academic success. From such positive reinforcement, Enrique's home life becomes less hopeless, and his self-confidence grows. [This review first appeared in the El Paso Times.]