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Fight? No, Jazz Owls only want to dance, by Margarita Engle, art by Rudy Gutierrez (book review)
Smile and dance and don’t make trouble,Keep up servicemen’s morale at the USO,War is overseas and in their own neighborhood! “The musicians call us owls because we’re patriotic girls who stay up LATE after working all day, so we can DANCE with young sailors who are on their way to triumph or death on distant ocean waves,” says 16-year-old Marisela in one of the first poems of Jazz Owls (p. 6) But everyone of every race dancing together enrages some in power and “nothing sells newspapers as quickly as fear” brags an LA reporter (p. 32). The papers’ sensationalized speculation questioned the true patriotism of non-whites and encouraged violence by …