I’m Hilarious and Memorable!

From the March 15, 2011 issue of Kirkus Reviews:

YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE Latino Mystery Stories for Teens
Editor: Cortez, Sarah
Review Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher:Piñata Books/Arté Público Pages: 320 Price ( Paperback ): $16.95 Publication Date: April 30, 2011 ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-55885-692-9
Category: Fiction

Cortez complements her adult level Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (2009) with 18 new tales (from a largely different set of Latino/Latina authors) featuring teen characters and concerns. Readers with a taste for the gruesome will be delighted by Xander’s discovery of a freshly severed human arm in his school locker in R. Narvaez’s hilarious and memorable “Hating Holly Hernandez” or the bloody, eye-gouging battle with alien fugitives in Mario Acevedo’s leadoff “No Soy Loco.” Along with scary tales of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, less violent crimes solved by young detectives include stolen auto parts, santitos (religious figurines) and costume jewelry—along with an encounter with possible ghosts and a vision of the enraged Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui rising up over Venice Beach in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s “The Tattoo.” Several authors explore moral or ethical gray areas. Sergio Troncoso contributes an anti-mystery in which a teenager simply shrugs off a near-fatal allergic reaction and moves on, and, in another ingenious twist on conventions, Carlos Hernandez crafts a smooth-talking Bronx teen who cements his reputation as a “cop-whisperer” when a face-blind friend’s girlfriend supposedly disappears after posting a suicide note. Only one—a too-sketchy short-short from Daniel A. Olivas—really misses the mark. Overall, a consistent, well crafted collection. (Short stories. 12-16)

2 thoughts on “I’m Hilarious and Memorable!

  1. Daniel Olivas says:

    Great review of the anthology! But I am heartbroken that Kirkus didn’t like my flash fiction…

  2. mb says:

    Kirkus is such a tough reviewer, it’s a real coup to be commended in its pages! Well, well done, sir! Richly deserved! Three cheers!

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