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I loved Jazz Owls. I am a middle school librarian and look for texts to share about how it feels to be in different places/times/situations. Jazz Owls really does that. Margarita Engle masterfully weaves together a cast of fictional characters of the time to give those of us today an idea of what it was like to live in LA during World War II when feeling alive and ready to serve the United States was experienced so differently by Mexican American men and women and teens, navy recruits, newspaper reporters and the musicians pumping the music throughout the USO dance halls. This books is rich in time period vocabulary that young readers can decode from the context or research from other sources mentioned at the end of the book. This book will significantly add to my historical fiction collection. I so appreciate that it's written.