Readingjunky's Reading Roost - July 26, 2013
"I have long been a fan of Orca Publishers and their high interest/low level offerings...The Barrio Kings is slightly over 100 pages, reads quickly, and contains just the right combination of action and drama to interest reluctant readers. With characters living in the adult world, there is definitely more appeal for alternative ed/adult ed readers attempting to improve reading skills. I look forward to reading another Rapid Read selection."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - January 11, 2011
"We like Rosario and cheer his good decisions all the while secretly afraid for him. Your struggling older readers will love this book."
CM Magazine - June 25, 2010
"There is plenty of emotion to keep female readers engaged and plenty of action to hold the attention of male readers. And while the story can be seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers of gang life, it’s never preachy...Recommended."