The Barrio Kings

The Barrio Kings Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight Now all he wants to do is finish night school be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get

  • Title: The Barrio Kings
  • Author: William Kowalski
  • ISBN: 9781554692446
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away When hiRosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices Revenge means a return to his old ways, something he swore he would never do But unless he takes action, his enemies will not rest until they ve settled the score against him.

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    1. A quote from The Barrio Kings, I'm not a King anymore. But they're a part of who I was. And who I was is a part of who I am. I'm not ashamed of myself anymore. I've just got my eye on my future, instead of my past."

    2. Rosario does not have an easy life. He's trying to move past his days as a banger. His girlfriend is going to have a baby, he's finishing his G.E.D and he's about to get a promotion at work. There is one problem: his best friend from the Barrios Kings, his former gang, has just gotten out of prison and needs a place to stay. This does not make Rosario's girlfriend happy in the least. As it turns out, Juan has an agenda. He wants to avenge the death of Rosario's older brother Tomas, and he wants [...]

    3. This quick read is extremely popular with students at my school, which to me is sort ofte. The main character, a former gangster, is now straight and working at the grocery store to support himself and his pregnant girlfriend. His near relapse into his gang life is told in a simple, easy-to-read style. It's highly predictable and has the neat ending that all grown-ups would wish for their hardest kids to aspire to, right down to the GED and promotion to assistant manager.

    4. This is from the Rapid Reads collection published by Orca. The Rapid Reads books are aimed at teen/adult readers with low reading levels, offering them high-interest, age-appropriate books to practice and improve reading skills. This book has a lexile of 310. That means it has small words in short sentences. It also has a simplistic plot--three main characters, a handful of secondaries, and a clear plot structure. One conflict, one resolution. There aren't any subplots happening.In the book, Ros [...]

    5. Lately, I've been searching for books that meet the demands of readers with particular interest in 'gangs and stuff.' These aren't neophytes: these readers have tackled this particular subject with enthusiasm. Drive-By, Street Pharm, Life in Prison, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. form the core of this curious little coterie, but there are plenty of titles that I mention - Gary Soto's The Afterlife? - that bring out the stony stare of, "been there, done that." And to be honest, s [...]

    6. A big thank you to the publisher for providing THE BARRIO KINGS for review. I have long been a fan of Orca Publishers and their high interest/low level offerings. When I heard about Rapid Reads from Raven Books (an imprint of Orca) for older YA students in alternative ed programs, I really wanted to check one out for a new program my school is offering this fall. One of the publisher reps kindly sent two my wayE BARRIO KINGS features a young man named Rosario Gomez facing the next challenge in h [...]

    7. I thought it was a captivating story. So much drama, excitement, and surprises. The way Rosario (main character) left gang banging for his wife and child on the way really stood out to me. All though this book is fiction that kind of thing rarely happens in real life there's few gang members who would leave their gang to give a better life to their wife and kids. That kind of thing shows people that theirs still "bad people" that could change for something that is valuable like having a family. [...]

    8. This book is about a young man Rosario he is starting a family with his wife. He has gotten a job a local food store and is going to night school to finish up his high school degree. His boss has offered him a higher position in the supermarket but in order for him to move up to the position he need to finish high school. But when an old friend comes back to his life after getting out of jail his life changes. He decided to go back to his gang for a while to get revenge on the guy who killed his [...]

    9. I give this book 5 stars because the plot is really good. It’s about an ex gang-banger name Rosario and how he is trying to keep his life stable because he is soon to be a father. But his friend Juan who barely got out of jail still wants to get revenge on the rival gang leader who killed Rosario’s brother and is trying to get Rosario to help him. This book isn’t as short or as long which makes it good because it’s just a story of the experience Rosario went through with Juan. Also I tri [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book because it taught me that the past is the past . Also that you shouldn’t be afraid of a little change . It taught me some lessons in life and it is a very inspiring . It’s also adventurous , when I say adventurous I mean like there are moments in the book that are very surprising and shocking . I also like the book because it’s very realistic. It talks about real life events. It tells us about problems and how they get solved , the right way. The thing I would re [...]

    11. This tiny book is published by Raven, an imprint of Orca, known for publishing low reading level, high interest books. They are quite a hit with my special ed. students at my high school.Rosario, 23, works at a grocery store and is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first son. He used to be in a gang, but is clean and trying to get his G.E.D. When his old gangbanger buddy shows up seeking revenge, Rosario doesn't want to get sucked in. But sometimes you don't have a choice. Or do you?

    12. Rosario is trying to move past being part of the Barrio Kings gang. He is working as a stock boy, going to school to get his high school diploma and has a girlfriend about to have their baby. Everything is looking good as long as he keeps to the straight and narrow and doesn't get involved in anything with the gang. Then his friend gets out of prison Juan and wants to stay a night with him as he wants to get justice and revenge on a revival gang. What transpires is very interesting.

    13. RL=2.7,pts=2.0carlos says. This is one of my favorite books about gangsom the berry begining its clear that the narrator, connie is verry honest of what has happend with her boyfriend. i recommended this book to few people and some of them coud actually relate to it.i think u sould try it because is a verry good book and it solve problems the good way and they dont just start fighting.if u try it, let me know what u think!

    14. It was an okay book about a former gang member trying to go straight. It seemed a little thin and I have a hard time believing someone with the last name Kowalski who lives in Canada really know much of anything about gangs & the Barrio. I suppose I could always look up the author and check out his creds.It would just be more believable if it was written by someone who seemed like they knew where the characters were coming from and what they were experiencing!

    15. I really like these types of book because it shows the consequence that happen when you're in a gang and you have a family.It helps me reflect about how I live my life and how some other people live theirs. I espicially recommend this to middle school and high school students because some are tempted by gangs.

    16. The Barrio Kings, By:William Kowalski. this book was alittle to short but i really like it. Rosario Gomez the best street fighter who wants to change his life after his brother was kill in a street fighting, everything he wants to do now is finish night school be the best father for his son and the best husband for hi wife and work hard enough at his job and get promoted.

    17. Although published for the adult market, this is a high interest book for teens as well. Rosario thinks he has left the barrio kings for good, but gets drawn back in for one last act of revenge for the death of his brother.

    18. I absolutely fell in love with this book, after the first chapter. I could not put this book down! It made reassess my life and how fortunate I am and how hard my parents have to work to make sure we have a roof over our head.

    19. This was a very good book. People should read this book because it shows that people can change in life.I like how rosario being in the kings he ends up changing and carring for his new small family.

    20. I thought this was a very good book. It was a very good book because it was very susspensful and there was also a lot of action. Which are the two main things i want to be in a book. I would reccomend this book that likes a fast pace very quick read and susspensful book.

    21. I am glad I finally read this book as lots of my students read it. They all tell me they like it.Spin on gangs and getting out of one.I would recommend this book to all the students I teach.

    22. This was an amazing book but it was terribly written. It taught me many life lessons and made me think about the world aim general! It was a short reader and I was satisfied!

    23. Four stars? No, this should be five! this book is so good the people in this book are funny, sad, and mean. It took a while to read but it was worth it.

    24. What do you get when an author named Kowalski decided to write about Latino gang members? Crap. Offensive crap.

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