Juanita Fights the School Board (Roosevelt High School Series)


by Gloria Velásquez

ISBN: 978-1-55885-115-3
Publication Date: September 30, 1994
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
Imprint: Piñata Books

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Juanita Fights the School Board is the first novel in Gloria Velásquez’s Roosevelt High School Series, a series featuring characters with whom all children, and especially U.S. Hispanic children, can relate.  This novel for young adults details the expulsion of a young Mexican-American girl from Roosevelt High School for getting involved in a fight with another student.  The story begins with Juanita’s expulsion and describes the effect this event has on her self-image and on her family.  One of six children of California migrant workers, Juanita hopes to be the first in her family to graduate from high school.  With the help of a school psychologist and a former civil rights attorney, Juanita fights the discrimination against minorities at Roosevelt High School and returns from her expulsion more determined than ever to fulfill her dream of graduating from high school.