Iron River (Paperback)
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Iron River (Paperback)

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Paperback 225 Pages / Published: 29/11/2018
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2019 Paterson Prize winner Skipping Stones Book Award Kirkus Reviews' Best YA Historical Fiction of 2018 A river runs through young Manny Maldonado Jr.'s life, heart and imagination. Sometimes at night it even shoots through his brain like a bullet. But this river isn't water, it's iron-the tracks and trains of the Southern Pacific railroad that pass along his tight-knit neighborhood in the San Gabriel valley just ten miles east of L.A. The iron river is everything to Man-on-Fire, Man for short to his friends, Little Man to his uncles and cousins. He watches it, he waits for it, he plays nears its tracks, he listens for the weight of its currents (strong currents flowing east pulling two hundred boxcars, light current going west with less than fifty cars), he whiles away long summer days throwing rocks and bricks at it with his friends Danny, Marco and Little. They line up cans and bottles in mock battles to try to throw it off track. But nothing derails the iron river, and nothing stops the stinking cop Turk from trying to pin a hobo's murder on the four young boys.

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781941026946
Number of pages: 225
Dimensions: 229 x 153 mm


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"I was so enthralled at the way [the book] tugged at my heartstrings that I read it twice...the story takes the reader on a colorful & nostalgic, albeit uncomfortable at points, trip into the recent past of an American Chicano community and family. It brings forth a multitude of emotions, should you allow yourself the luxury of immersing yourself into a good book."-Frankie Firme, LatinoLA
"A dense story with rich associative leaps, the novel will prompt discussions about race, class, sexuality, and gender." -Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews "An essential title for any library."- Starred Review, School Library Journal "A powerful debut."-Karen Cruze, Booklist Online "The many layers of this beautifully built-up picture of an intelligent, goofy young kid who's well aware of his surroundings and faces them head-on is a brilliant debut of a promising young writer. Iron River will prompt discussions of race, class, culture, and teenage sexuality, and resonate with middle-grade through high school readers. It's highly recommended."-Beverly Slapin, De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

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