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The Secret Lion



Alberto Rios (1952 -  ) is an American author of mixed Anglo-Mexican heritage.  Many of his poems and short stories concern bridging Anglo and Hispanic cultures.  One of his stories, “The Secret Lion,” appears in his collection entitled The Iguana Killer.  “The Secret Lion” concerns the narrator, a young Hispanic boy, who, together with his friends, all discover a lovely grassy area that they imagine to be heaven.  Their pleasant time is ruined when Anglo adults  chase the boys away from what turns out to be a golf course! 


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term


  •  Secret Lion  (Books – Exact Phrase – East Campus)



Call Number for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3568 .I587  I35 1998



Circulating Book


  • Rios, Alberto.  The Iguana Killer.  1998.

                      Call Number:  PS3568 .I587  I35 1998   *(See pages 98-102.)



Reference Materials


  • American Ethnic Writers. Call Number:  REF PS153 .M56  A414 2009

o Volume 3, pages 937-939  *(The pages discuss Rios’ characters/themes, overall.)

  • Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature. Call Number:  REF PS153 .H56 R36 2008

o Pages 287-288  *(The pages discuss Rios’ characters/themes, overall.)

  • Masterpieces of Latino Literature.Call Number:  REF PQ7081 .A1 M29 1994

o Pages 544-547, especially page 546


Research Databases


There is no significant information in any of the Valencia literary databases regarding “The Secret Lion.”


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