Author Jl Ruiz
The Katie Suarez Social Justice Book Series introduces a reluctant heroine Katie, the sometimes insecure daughter of two successful Mexican-American lawyers. Raised in a sheltered and loving environment in the beautiful, affluent, and mostly white Paradise Valley, Arizona, Katie’s privileged life allowed part of her family to become complacent and ignore political and social attacks to the Mexican-American community, which for different reasons, they feel removed from.
Greedy, unscrupulous and sometimes evil political and financial forces have decided to use Mexicans in America as scapegoats for partisan gain, with devastating consequences to the people Katie loves, as well as countless others. The attacks first divide Katie’s family and later divides society.
Important events and people shape, and ultimately transform the shy Katie into a social champion. Her father Lorenzo teaches Katie the importance of knowing the history of the past to understand the present and predict or alter the future. Other people in Katie’s circle allow her to view events from different perspectives. Her friend Mallory with an undocumented family, her close friends Blaire and Brandon, and most importantly, her handsome, popular and dominant brother Mark.
Katie’s increasingly successful crusade to fight injustice makes her a target, as powerful forces become aware of the danger to their interests and scheme to squash her movement. The outcome could change the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands or could leave her an outcast or even worse, dead. This compelling American story shows the irreversible damage caused by greed and scapegoating, as well as cultures coming together with the power of knowledge, friendship, love, respect, and human kindness.
For young readers especially, Ruiz has crafted an aspirational novel, one that encourages them to read more, learn more, and get out into the streets or halls of power to challenge injustice. — Daniel Casey
It should be mandatory reading in high schools and colleges. Its accounts and educational advice will and should influence American government and politics today and in years to come! Highly, highly recommended reading – MUST reading! It is an American story about us all!
Katie’s increasingly successful crusade to fight injustice makes her a target, as powerful forces become aware of the danger to their interests and scheme to squash her movement. The outcome could change the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands or could leave her an outcast or even worse, dead.