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

The incredible story of one man's fight for Mexican-American civil rights, from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh.

José de la Luz Sáenz (Luz) believed in fighting for what was right. Though born in the United States, Luz often faced prejudice because of his Mexican heritage. Determined to help his community, even in the face of discrimination, he taught school--children during the day and adults in the evenings.

When World War I broke out, Luz joined the army, as did many others. His ability to quickly learn languages made him an invaluable member of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, Luz found that prejudice followed him even to war, and despite his efforts, he often didn't receive credit for his contributions. Upon returning home to Texas, he joined with other Mexican American veterans to create the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which today is the largest and oldest Latinx civil rights organization.

Using his signature illustration style and Luz's diary entries from the war, award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of a Mexican American war hero and his fight for equality.

A 2020 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor Book
A 2020 Association of Library Service to Children Notable Children's Book

Target age group 5-9
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    • ISBN-13
      9781419736827
    • Weight
      1 lbs
    • ISBN-10
      1419736825
    • Item #
      58488
  • Category
    Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Age Group
    6 to 8 yrs
  • Grade Level
    K-2
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Theme 1
    Biography & Autobiography
  • Theme 2
    Social, Personal & Family Topics
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    Historical
  • Awards
    Pura Belpre Award
  • Author
    Tonatiuh, Duncan
  • Lexile Level
    860
  • AR Level
    5.3
  • Dewey
    b
  • Publisher
    Harry N Abrams
  • Publication Date
    9/3/2019
  • Pages
    40
  • Dimensions
    0.7 H × 11.1 L × 9.3 W
  • Case Qty
    25

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