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SkateFate by Juan Felipe Herrera
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SkateFate (edition 2011)

by Juan Felipe Herrera (Author)

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Lucky Z, a Chicano foster child, loved living on the edge until a drag racing accident left him in a wheelchair, but as he struggles to find his place in a new high school, he begins writing poetry everywhere about anything, and in finding his voice he also discovers the beauty around him.
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Title:SkateFate
Authors:Juan Felipe Herrera (Author)
Info:Rayo (2011), 128 pages
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Lively, intense verse that will especially appeal to YA boys. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Interesting mix of journal enteries/poetry. ( )
  kimpiddington | Jun 24, 2011 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

When you read Lucky Z.'s story, you are reading his most personal thoughts in what he describes as his "hot-pink" journal. Some prose, but mostly poetry, expresses his pain and suffering and how he comes to terms with what life has dealt him.

Lucky Z. might not appear lucky as he describes the screws in his legs and a bumpy scar on his forehead as he sits in his wheelchair. All of this is the result of a senseless accident. It's an accident that killed a friend and has him trying to make sense of what is left.

Thanks to cancer, his mother is gone, and his father is more interested in alcohol and violence than he is in his son. Now living in a foster home, Lucky Z. pours out his feelings in his verse.

SKATE FATE is tightly written and requires concentration and focus from the reader. Herrera's poems reveal Lucky Z.'s passion and pain, but without the use of conventional mechanical structure, readers will find it a challenging read. ( )
  GeniusJen | Aug 25, 2010 |
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Lucky Z, a Chicano foster child, loved living on the edge until a drag racing accident left him in a wheelchair, but as he struggles to find his place in a new high school, he begins writing poetry everywhere about anything, and in finding his voice he also discovers the beauty around him.

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