Who is the narrator of the story "Barrio Boy" by Ernesto Galarza?

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Ernesto Galarza is the author and narrator of the book, Barrio Boy. Ernesto begins the narration of his story by recounting his early childhood in a tiny village in rural Mexico. He vividly remembers how his family is forced to flee from Mexico after the men in his family...

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Ernesto Galarza is the author and narrator of the book, Barrio Boy. Ernesto begins the narration of his story by recounting his early childhood in a tiny village in rural Mexico. He vividly remembers how his family is forced to flee from Mexico after the men in his family become in danger of being forcibly drafted into the Mexican Revolution. Ernesto's narration then takes readers through his and his family's journey into the United States where Ernesto settles into a barrio in Sacramento. Readers are provided insight into Ernesto's childhood as he grows up in a working-class immigrant community in the barrio of Sacramento, and then eventually moves into a segregated, mostly-white neighborhood. Galarza powerfully shares his experiences of continuously adjusting to his dynamic experience as an immigrant youth living on the west coast of the U.S.

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In "Barrio Boy," Ernesto Galarza tells the story of his life from the time he lived in a small town in Mexico to his family's move to California in the United States.  Even though he was very young when he left the town of his birth, he vividly details life in Mexico and the consequences of the revolution that eventually forces his family to leave.

Once the family leaves Mexico behind and crosses the border into the United States, they are faced with a whole new set of problems due to cultural differences and other factors. Ernesto writes about this experience from the memories he has collected over the years.

Since "Barrio Boy" is a story about Ernesto's life, told from his point of view, he is both author and narrator.

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