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Romiette and Julio Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M.
ISBN: 1416955143     ISBN-13: 9781416955146
Publisher: Atheneum
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2019
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When Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague, she feels as though she has met the soul mate who can rescue her from her recurring nightmare about fire and water. But like the Shakespearean characters whose names echo theirs, Romiette and Julio discover that not everyone approves of their budding romance. In their case, it is because Romiette is African-American and Julio is Hispanic, and the Devildogs, a dangerous local gang, violently oppose their interracial relationship.

When the Devildogs threaten to teach them a lesson, Romiette and Julio come up with a risky plan to escape from the gang's fearsome shadow. But things go terribly awry, and the two find themselves caught up in a deadly reality more frightening that Romiette's nightmare -- and in a desperate struggle to avoid the tragic fate of Shakespeare's famous young lovers.


Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interracial dating; Fiction.
Gangs; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008002418
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 320 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 32450
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q19532
Reading Level: 6.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Spring)
In a contemporary take on [cf2]Romeo and Juliet[cf1], two sixteen-year-olds meet in an Internet chat room. Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, fall in love, but harassment by a local gang objecting to their interracial dating endangers their lives. The plot sometimes seems contrived to parallel Shakespeare's drama, but the teen relationships are dynamic and skillfully limned.Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 September)
Gr 6-10-A contemporary retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story with a happy, upbeat ending. Sixteen-year-old Julio Montague's parents have moved their family to Cincinnati, OH, in order to get their son out of his gang-ridden high school in Corpus Christi, TX. Romiette Cappelle, also 16, is the daughter of successful African-American parents and the granddaughter of college professors. When these two young people, both from proud heritages, begin a romance, they must deal not only with their parents' prejudices but also with the threats of a local gang called The Family. At times, Romiette and Julio effectively parallels and contemporizes the original story. The young couple meet, not at the Capulets' feast, but in an Internet chat room. Julio's friend, Ben Olsen (read Benvolio), who looks like a punk rocker, has an optimistic and irreverent attitude that balances Julio's passion and volatility. At other times, the allusions to the play are obvious and heavy-handed. Nonetheless, this novel is more than simply a carefully plotted teenage romance. Draper gives a realistic portrayal of the interactions among high school students as well as their relationships with their parents. The book also examines how gangs can gain power and take control. All of the characters have unique voices and the writing style shifts according to the action. Romiette and Julio would be a wonderful curriculum tie-in book, but it also stands alone as a first-rate novel about contemporary teens.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.