Joey is excited and nervous about the school dance because Marlen, the love of his life, has agreed to be his date. But Joey has heard rumors that she might be meeting someone else, and as he waits for her to show up he cant help but worry the gossip may be true. Sure enough, a suave, well-dressed stranger asks Marlen to dance before Joey can even get to her. And soon the handsome couple is burning up the dance floorliterally!
In this collection of stories based on Mexican-American lore, author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. spins age-old tales with a contemporary twist. Lauro and Miguel run for their liveswith La Lloronas cold breath on their necks after being caught smoking cigarettes down by the river. Theres Felipe, whos so determined to win back the Peñitas Grand Master Marble Champion title that hes willing to make a deal for a shooter with a supernatural edge. And when Louies leg swells up after he cuts his toe playing with a knife, he cant help but wonder if his moms warning could be true. Are his guts really going to spill out of his wound because he cut himself doing something stupid?
Set in the authors native South Texas, these are the stories parents have told their children for generations to discourage bad behavior and encourage kids to stay close to home. But Saldaña breathes new life into these traditional tales with contemporary settings, issues and conflicts that are sure to resonate with todays youth. Bilingual edition