Empowering stories for young adults by a leading Mexican-American writer.
by Victor Villasenor
Publication Date: 2003
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 11 and up
Best-selling novelist Victor Villaseñor grew up with these stories that he now is sharing with young people far and wide. The tales of derring-do and self-discovery set to the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and his family’s immigration to the United States all involve young people overcoming physical, emotional, and psychological barriers during times of extreme stress.
The over-riding message of Villaseñor’s exciting narrations is that we can all be heroes. Especially young people, who have the power to create their own futures, can find within themselves the power to achieve great feats of skill and courage, whether fighting witches or real-life oppressors. And, too, spirituality, imagination, and love of family are also the domain of the young, and these can help young men and women overcome all manner of adversity.
Within the pages of Walking Stars is a whole cast of lovable, down-to-earth children and teenagers whose desire and perseverance take them to stardom, but a stardom different from that found on television and the popular media: It is the brilliance of becoming strong, confident, and contributing adults able to bring positive change into society.
Selected as a Commended Title in the 1994 Américas Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
“The stories…are spellbinding and diverse. Walking Stars is an exquisite example of quality literature that helps explain diverse cultures and beliefs while unifying us all within the human family.”—Booklist
“Legend and fact coexist happily in this spiritually rich collection of stories…this literary collage is both original and moving.”—Publishers Weekly
“Villaseñor has ably employed figurative language and lively dialogue in these magical stories…”—School Library Journal
VICTOR VILLASEÑOR is the author of Thirteen Senses (Harper-Collins, 2001); Rain of Gold (Arte Público Press, 1991), a national best-seller; the non-fiction Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona (1976); and the novel, Macho! (Arte Público Press, 1973), which was chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books For The Teen Age. He is also the writer of screenplays, most notably the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Category: Young Adult
ATOS English: 5.6
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 35002
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