It Doesn't Have To Be This Way/No Tiene Que Ser Así: A Barrio Story/Una Historia Del Barrio

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


IN OUR COVER STORY THIS MONTH, WE INTRODUCED OUR READERS TO THE BOOK “DAISY CHAIN,” WHICH SYMBOLICALLY TALKS ABOUT A VERY SPECIFIC TYPE OF BULLYING—CYBER BULLYING.  THROUGHOUT HISTORY, HOWEVER, BULLIES AND BULLYING TACTICS HAVE TAKEN ON MANY FORMS AND AFFECTED PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.  SO WE ARE DEDICATING OUR LATEST SCHOOL LIBRARY TO ANTI-BULLYING TITLES FROM THE PUBLISHER LEE & LOW BOOKS.  IN ADDITION, WE ARE ALSO INCLUDING LINKS TO SPECIAL TEACHER GUIDES FOR THESE BOOKS TO HELP OPEN UP ANTI-BULLYING DISCUSSIONS AND HOPEFULLY OFFER SOME NEW IDEAS AND APPROACHES FOR HANDLING THIS SENSITIVE SUBJECT.

“IT DOESN'T HAVE
TO BE THIS WAY / NO TIENE QUE SER ASÍ: A BARRIO STORY / UNA HISTORIA DEL BARRIO” by Luis Rodríguez
ISBN-13: 978-0892392032 Teacher’s Guide: https://www. leeandlow.com/books/2795/teachers_guide

Barrio story

Monchi likes to write poems, hang out with his cousin Dreamer and tell stories to his uncle, Tío Rogelio. Then one day, a member of the local gang tells him that it's time to join up. "But first you have to prove yourself," he says. Monchi is scared but also excited. He writes his name on the school wall, steals a bike and buys a knife. The older boys give him a handshake, girls talk to him and teachers are afraid of him. To Monchi, people looking at him with fear felt like they respected him. But when a tragic event changes everything, Monchi must make an important decision, and there is no easy answer to his dilemma.