Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-3682-7
Although he was an American citizen, José de la Luz Sáenz (1888–1953) was beaten up and denied access to local Texan businesses because his parents were of Mexican origin. He determined to fight back: “Luz knew that knowledge was a weapon that helped you defend yourself against those who were mean to you and ignored your rights.” First a teacher, he joined the army and shipped out to Europe to fight in WWI. Quick to learn French, he was promoted to intelligence work, but he was never given a higher rank or more pay. His friendships with other Mexican-American soldiers led him to help form the League of United Latin American Citizens, an organization that advocated for equal rights for Latinx Americans. Characteristic illustrations by Tonatiuh (Danza!) use carved-stone faces and formal, ceremonial postures to represent the characters in this picture book. An inspiring introduction to an underrepresented figure who pursued his lifelong vision for equality and justice. Ages 6–8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 08/29/2019
Release date: 09/01/2019
Genre: Children's
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