Riding Low on the streets of Gold/ latino literature for young adults
A beautiful collection of short stories and poetry; Riding low on the streets of gold makes for good young adult reading. This collection deals with acceptance, love, and courage formed out of Latino folklore and life experiences. In Carrying Sergei, by Mike Padilla we are taken aback by a rough house tom boy whose heart is softened by a Russian immigrant boy now living in Tijuana after fleeing his homeland for a better chance at life. The bond these two share illustrates the nonconformity of acceptance and love. In Too White by Daniel Chacón we face our fear of accepting someone from a different ethnicity knowing all along the ridicule that comes with it. The time comes when the choice of standing up for friendship or backing down from peer pressure proves what kind of person one will become. And lastly, in Toreando el tren or Bullfighting the train by Victor Villaseñor we come to understand ultimate determination in the name of love and family as the Creator works magic in mysterious ways.
This book should be added to school curriculums as its teachings and lessons learned are situations we have all been faced with at one time or another. An inspiring read which will interest minds young and old whether conjuring up familiar memories or expanding the thought process of our youth.