June 24, 2011


The Latina Book Club is pleased to partner with Condor Book Tours on this tour. Note that the author will be stopping by today to answer any questions left in the comment section. Anyone leaving a comment will be entered to win a Free copy of the book.  (Winners must be in the continental U.S.) Good luck!  And, as always, Read Latino!

LIVE CHAT! with Robert Renteria on Sunday June 26th, 7pm Eastern/6pm Central at: http://condorbooktours.com/Author_Chat_Salon.php

MI BARRIO (graphic novel)
by Robert Renteria
as told to Corey Michael Blake
illustrated by Shane Clester
Writers of the Round Table Press/SmarterComics, 2011

"Don't let where you came from dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you become."

These are the words of successful entrepreneur Robert Renteria, who grew up as an infant sleeping in a dresser drawer in one of the poorest ghettos of East L.A. and went on to become a business owner and civic leader. And most recently, he was honored with the prestigious award of the 2010 Chicago Latino Professional of the Year.

Robert likes to say that his book is not the Robert Renteria story, but it’s “Your Story. It’s Our Story.” But, let’s be honest for a moment. Out-of-the-Barrio-to-Success stories are plentiful. Everybody has heard of them; has seen them on TV or in magazines; you might even have one in your family. However, after the 15-minutes of fame, these success stories are just that…stories. You read them, you’re impressed, you move on to the next one.

Robert’s success story doesn’t end with his book, FROM THE BARRIO TO THE BOARDROOM. In fact, that book was just the beginning. Robert turned it into a graphic novel, MI BARRIO, which speaks directly to teenagers in a medium they easily identify with.

MI BARRIO is a brilliantly illustrated novel, reminiscent of the comic books from the 1960s. It’s a quick read; powerful and poignant. It tells more than shows, but still the message comes through loud and clear in 55-pages: that anything is possible with persistence, hard work, heart and soul.

Robert also started a foundation, From the Barrio, to promote education, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and self-esteem within the youth of our communities. His books are now being taught in schools to students all around America and in many communities all around the world.

Through his books and the foundation, Robert has found a way to give back to the community, and to help others achieve the great American / Latino dream. He’s found a way to pay it forward, and we are very glad he did.  Bravo, Robert!♥

FREE BOOK!  Leave a comment and you will be entered to win a Free copy of MI BARRIO. Also, Robert will be dropping by so feel free to leave questions for him in the comment section. And don’t forget the Live Chat this Sunday; see link above.

MI BARRIO FOUNDATION LINK: http://www.fromthebarrio.com/

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE: Please visit these other sites for more reviews and information.

Mon June 20 Musings http://nilkibenitez.blogspot.com/
Tues June 21 Dulce Bread & Book Shop http://dulcebreadandbookshop.com/
Wed June 22 Frankie Benitez http://juliorvarela.com/
Thurs June 23 Brown Girl BookSpeak http://books.browngirlspeaks.com/
Fri June 24 Latina Book Club http://www.latinabookclub.com/

Mon June 27 VivirLatino http://vivirlatino.com/
Tues June 28 Blogs By Latinas http://www.clicklatina.com/
Wed June 29 Dos Idiomas/Two Languages http://www.ofelianj.com/
Thurs June 30 Juan of Words http://www.juanofwords.com/
Fri July 1 Sammy Makes Six http://www.sammymakessix.com/

PURCHASE LINKS:   Please use the link below to buy your copy of Robert Renteria’s MI BARRIO. Condor Book Tours will donate 100% of the sales commissions from these sales to the From the Barrio Foundation.

Purchase your copy here: http://condorbooktours.com/index.php?pr=BookStore

For bulk purchases: http://www.fromthebarrio.com/mibarrio/

BOOK TRAILER:  To see the book trailer, click here.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher as part of a Condor Book Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.