Alec’s Fury and the Curious Treasures of Social Studies Lopez-COVER- Front-small
by John Lopez Jr.
272 pages: 6 x 9 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-937493-91-2
Price $16 + shipping ($5.75 Media Mail; $7 Priority)

Eighth-grader, Alec Ponders, is furious when a skinhead white power gang uses property damage, racist graffiti, and hate fliers to vandalize his hometown of West Valley, a multi-ethnic suburb of Los Angeles. They threaten his non-white and mixed-race friends, especially his Latina crush—the girl next door.

In an old house in Laguna Seca, Qu joins the Pale Betrayal white power gang and gets a tat signaling his loyalty to racism and passion to beat down all minorities in Southern California. He is ready to do whatever it takes to prove he’s down with white power.

“It’s ugly, Alec. Real ugly. Pale Betrayal attacks people of color. They’re a nasty bunch.”
“I hate them.”
“Hate’s a deep emotion, Alec. Is your hate so different from Pale Betrayal’s?”
“All I want is revenge. I’ll let my fists do the talking.”

A random encounter in the San Gabriel Mountains ultimately brings Alec and Qu face-to-face in the Teens In Process Program where they are forced to confront their own prejudices and begin to understand and tolerate each other—which illuminates the curious treasures of social studies.

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John Lopez Jr. is an avid reader and enjoys writing stories. He resides in Corvallis, Oregon, where his favorite outdoor activity is cycling: skinny tires on farm country roads, and fat, knobby tires in the surrounding forests. Except sometimes, reading or writing out on the deck in the sunshine crushes that cycling thing!