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Mexican Whiteboy

Peą, Matt de la (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mexican Whiteboy


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Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
Authors: Peą, Matt de la
Statement of Responsibility: Matt de la Peą
Title: Mexican whiteboy
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2008, ([2010] printing)
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 249 p. ;,21 cm.
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  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book takes you right into the barrio with Danny, who has spent recent years living only with his white mother. He speaks no Spanish, but doesn't fit into his prep school. The families of his uncles have him for the summer and we have as little idea of what drives him to rarely speak as they do. All the other characters are vividly sketched as they, and baseball, open Danny to a fuller life. de la Pena's first book, Ball Don't Lie, is excellent too. I found his description of an established ghetto basketball game rivetting and accurate. I can't speak for the baseball in Mexican Whiteboy, but the story is interesting and ultimately uplifting.

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