The Barrio Kings (Rapid Reads)
Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight. Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted. But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away. When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive-by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices. Revenge means a return to his old ways, something he swore he would never do. But unless he takes action, his enemies will not rest until they've settled the score against him.
kind of stupid. What did I expect? Another butterfly here in the hospital? Never mind, I think. Sometimes you have to find your own answers. And I know what I need to do. I put Tomás’s colors on. I tighten the bandana around my head. Then I go into the waiting room. Juan is still there. He’s pacing back and forth. He looks up at me. Then he looks at the colors on my head. He doesn’t say anything. He just nods. Then he holds out his hand. We do the old handshake. I remember it now. It comes
minute,” says Martín. He’s sweating, and his voice is high. The kid is scared. That worries me. Scared people can do anything. Then the gun swings around again. It’s pointed at me once more. “And what are you doing here? I thought I wasted you yesterday,” he says. For a minute, there’s not a sound. “You,” I say finally. “You shot Connie? After what I did for you? You tried to kill me?” “Oh, man. I am gonna slice you open,” says Snap to Martín. Around the AK swings again, this time to point
you can feel in your chest. And sitting at the wheel is a face I haven’t seen in a long time. So long that I forgot all about him. “Loco!” the face yells. It’s Juan. Who else would be calling me Loco? No one’s called me that in a long time. I walk over to the car. “Juan? Is that really you?” Juan turns down the radio. “No, it’s Elvis,” he says. “Man, it’s been a long time.” “I know. Get in, bro.” “I gotta get home,” I say. “Connie is waiting for me.” “Who’s Connie?” “My girlfriend,” I
it’s going to happen. My name is Rosario Gomez. And I’m going to be a success. WILLIAM KOWALSKI is the award winning author of four previous novels, including the international bestseller Eddie’s Bastard. He also teaches communications skills to adult learners at Nova Scotia Community College. He lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with his wife and children. For more titles in the Rapid Reads series, please click here. For a complete list of reading guides in the Rapid Reads series,
behind his back. I need this job too bad. Enwright told me that once I get my GED he will promote me to assistant manager. That would be the most important job anyone in my family has ever had. I was not always this straight. I came up rough. My neighborhood was on the news almost every night, and the news was never good. It was the kind of barrio nice people don’t visit. There was nothing there for them. There was nothing there for me either. There was only survival, and I had to fight for