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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061432873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061432873
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juan Felipe Herrera holds the Tomás Rivera endowed chair in creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of numerous poetry volumes, including Half of the World in Light; 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007; Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream; and numerous children's books, including The Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical in New York City; Laughing Out Loud, I Fly, winner of a Pura Belpré Honor; and Cinnamon Girl, winner of the Américas Award. He was also awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives and tours with the poet Margarita Luna Robles.


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Juan Felipe Herrera was initiated into the Word by the fire-speakers of the early Chicano Movimiento and by heavy exposure to various poetry, jazz, and blues performance streams. He is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California - Riverside. His published works include Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream, Mayan Drifter: Chicano Poet in the Lowlands of the Americas, and Thunderweavers / Tejedoras de Rayos.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Poetry and journal entries make up this novel. It tells the story of a foster child who was injured in an accident in which his friend was killed and leaves him in a wheelchair. He suffers bullying and abuse because of his injury and also for his sexual orientation. The poems were very deep and moving. I can not imagine the pain that his young man must have been going though. Kids today can be so cruel.

This novel will appeal to teens that enjoy poetry. It's short in length but very profound in content.
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