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A Different Kind of Heat

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Luz Cordero is on fire. She’s burning up with rage. She was there the night her brother got killed. She saw the cop pull the trigger. She tried to do something positive about it by going to protests, but all her anger got her into trouble. Now Luz is living at the St. Therese Home for Boys and Girls, working to turn her life around.

Sister Ellen and Luz’s three fellow resid
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Bersaida A.
Jan 26, 2017 Bersaida A. rated it it was amazing
The book "A Different Kind of Heat" by Antonio Pagliarulo, was about a high school girl, named Luz that battles with her self to over come her own anger. Throughout the book she reflects on the murder of her brother's death caused by an officer. Luz goes through many events in her life that made her believe the worst of the officer. In the end, Luz opens up her heart to what actually happened the night her brother, Julio died and changes as a different person since the beginning of the book.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Can anger and rage be changed to peace and forgiveness?

After watching her brother shot by a cop in the street, Luz Cordero turns to gangs and violent protests to deal with her rage. Her brother is dead and her mother is in jail and Luz is angry at the world. Now Luz is living at the St. Therese Home for Boys and Girls and trying to pull herself together.

Luz presents her story in journal form as she flashes back to her brother's d
Nov 08, 2010 NICHOLE rated it it was amazing
This book is very good. It was a very tragic story that happended a 16 year old girl name Luz witnessed the death of her big brother Julio.It was very sad for her she was forced to move to a foster home because Luz had no family to stay with. Her brother was the only person she was close to . The death of her brother caused her to do alot of bad things. She started smoking,drinking using drugs,and coming home around 3 in the mornining every night. The cops shot her brother because he was trying ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it
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Luz has been at St. Therese Home for Boys and Girls for one year. Her brother, Julio, was shot and killed by a cop, and her mother is in jail. Luz has nowhere else to go. Kindly Sister Ellen tries to help Luz to get over her destructive feelings of anger and abandonment. The other residents of the home have their own problems, but they form a family of sorts, and become supportive of each other. Eventually, the cop who had shot Luz' brother shows up to show his remorse for his act. Luz comes to ...more
Luz comes from inner city NY where she belonged to a gang, as did her older brother. Her mom is in jail. Her brother Julio is shot and killed by a police officer one night and Luz becomes a ward of the state. She is sent to St. Therese's home for troubled youth to deal with her anger and rage.

Well-written and insightful look at inner city and gang issues, also issues of racial profiling and prejudice.
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Mar 17, 2009 |Lala| :) rated it really liked it
This book is about a a teen, Luz, who lives at St.Theresa with three others. She's on her own. Her mother is in a correctional facility and her brother was shot by a cop. Luz hates cops and was always getting in trouble for starting riots. Luz learns about herself and finds herself facing the truth as best she can. You will see how she copes with things and the progress she makes from the start to finish.
It's a shame this book is out of print, as it is a classic with reluctant reader appeal. Although, 10 years have changed things a lot - I wonder if the forgiveness aspect would work with teens in 2015?
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Apr 08, 2009 Risaury Reynoso rated it it was amazing
This is a very googd book. Its has alot of stuggles for the main character. There is alot of intense moments and they left you breathless. Really good
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Antonio Pagliarulo has written about crime, entertainment, and spirituality for numerous publications. He lives in New York City.
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