Illustrator: Elizabeth Gómez
Published by Children's Book Press on 2000
Genres: Young Adult, People & Places, United States, Hispanic & Latino, School & Education, Social Themes, New Experience
The Upside Down Boy is Juan Felipe Herrera's memoir of the year his migrant family settled down so that he could go to school for the first time. Jaunito is bewildered by the new school and misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down: He eats lunch when it's recess, he goes out to play when it's time for lunch, and his tongue feels like a rock when he speaks English. But his sensitive teacher and loving family help him find his voice through poetry, art, and music.