Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Cinco Puntos

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Crane Boy
Crane Boy 

By Diana Cohn 
Illustrated by Youme Landowne
A Middle Reader
Kinga and his classmates create a dance to honor the cranes of Bhutan and to create awareness for their plight.  A delightful tale of environment and culture in a distant land. 
At the Crane Festival in Bhutan, the book's author and illustrator distributed ​4,000 copies of Crane Boy ​to the Bhutanese children.
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“Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better.” —School Library Journal

Great and Mighty Nikko
The Great and Mighty Nikko

Written and Illustrated by Xavier Garza
A Bilingual Early Reader 
Bedtime! Nikko wrestles all of the masked luchadores jumping on his bed. And he counts them at the same time! In Spanish and English!
Featured in the New York Times
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Little Chanclas

Little Chanclas
Written and Illustrated by Jose Lozano
A Bilingual Reader for 1st and 2nd graders
Little Lily Lujan loves the slippety-slappety of her noise flip flops—until she trades them in for soccer shoes. Clickety-clackety. Goooooal!
Featured in the New York Times
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My Tata's Remedies

My Tata's Remedies /
Los remedios de mi Tata 
Written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
A bilingual middle reader of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies as he helps neighbors and families.
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"Roni Ashford reminds us about family traditions, cross-cultural and inter-generational support, building community, and taking the time to share, listen,
and heal one another." 
—Smithsonian BookDragon   
Seeing Off The Johns

Seeing Off The Johns 

By Rene S. Perez II
Two baseball heroes die in a tragic accident. What happens in the rural hometown they left behind.
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By Kevin Waltman
The third in the D-Bow's High School Hoop Series. Now in his junior year, D-Bow's game and the season are full of promise, but only if he can make it onto the court to play. 
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The Do-Right

The Do-Right 

Named Kirkus Top 100 Books &
Written by Lisa Sandlin
"The do-right"—that's old Southern talk for prison. Delpha Wade doesn't want to go back there. Fourteen years is enough.
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Written by Philippe Diederich
A Mystery Novel For Foodies

A Cuban-American travels to Havana searching for a secret recipe where he finds love and the truth about his father.

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“A moveable feast full of folkloric flavors, comical rhythms and magic.” 
—Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams 
As Far As I Know

As Far As I Know

Written by Joseph Somoza
A Book of Poems 
Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford's quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

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Or Choose A Classic From The Backlist 

Don’t forget our great backlist featuring books by Joe HayesBenjamin Alire SaenzTim TingleXavier GarzaCynthia WeillJose Lozano and many others. If you’d like a print catalog, or a PDF of our complete print catalog, please write us at info@cincopuntos.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

AS FAR AS I KNOW: Joe Somoza's New Book of Poems

A Book of Poems
Joseph Somoza
Trade Paper $15.95 / 978-1-941026-25-0

Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford’s quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

This is a beautiful book. A wise book. For Joseph Somoza, language--and the world around--is like a river, forever changing and flowing toward the sea, going this way and that, according to the geography. He allows the poem to follow along, he says, “to build itself, allow(s) words to call up other words through aural and memory associations and syntactic demands, and see where it will lead.” The seasons change, his mother dies, his wife Jill and he share coffee and make love, and crows begin to populate his city. Somoza transforms this stuff of life into a wonderful music of poetry. It’s a poetry of intimacy, a celebration of being human.

Joseph Somoza, Riverside Park, New York City
Photo by Jill Somoza
From the Afterword, “Freight Train”

"Being an immigrant from Spain who spoke mostly Spanish but who wanted to become full-fledged American, I also wanted to make my poems from ordinary, spoken English, without excessively rhetorical devices, the kind of language spoken by my first heroes in America, my uncle Arthur and his buddies who would meet at his gas station regularly to shoot craps, drink Ballantine Ale, and recall their youthful adventures as merchant seamen, the 'real language of men,' as William Wordsworth called it. This would be a natural American-English language that an ordinary American in a heightened state of emotion might actually speak, a language heightened just enough to draw attention to itself but not so much that it would sound artificially 'poetic,' the kind of language a later hero of mine, Jack Kerouac, used.”

The Trees

Sitting here among my friends
the trees, I feel their
quietude, the gratitude
they show by holding out
their limbs, generously
allowing the moss to grow
on them, and squirrels and birds to
build nests in their crowns.
They don't seem to mind my
sitting here, maybe sensing
how much I value their
contemplative nature,
their general satisfaction
with the way things are.
Rooted to their one place
in the woods, they don't
crave something better,
nor complain about the weather.
They stand tall and straight,
side by side accepting
whatever comes.