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108 p. 21 cm.
A sixteen-year-old Mexican youth goes to California to earn money for his needy family.
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216 p. ; 20 cm.
"Perico, " or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it . . . For Manuel Hernandez, the year leading up to his test of courage, his initiation into a gang, is a time filled with the pain and tension, awkwardness and excitement of growing up in a crazy world. His dad spend most of his time and money at the local pool hall; his brother flips through jobs like a thumb through a deck of cards; and his mom never stops cleaning the house, as though one day the rooms will be so spotless they'll disappear into a sparkle, and she'll be free. Manny's dad is always saying that people are like money'there are million-and thousands-and hundred-dollar people out there, and to him, Manny is just a penny. But Manny wants to be more than a penny, smarter than the parrot in the oven. He wants to find out what it means to be a "vato firme, " a guy to respect. In this beautifully written novel, Victor Martinez gives readers a vivid portrait of one Mexican-American boy's life. Manny's story is like a full -color home movie'sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always intensely original.For Manuel Hernandez, the year leading up to his test of courage, his initiation into a gang, is a time filled with the pain and tension, awkwardness and excitement of growing up in a mixed-up, crazy world.Manny' s dad is always calling him el perico, or parrot. It' s from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade while all along he' s sitting inside the oven and doesn' t know it. But Manny wants to be smarter than theparrot in the oven--he wants to find out what it means to be a vato firme, a guy to respect. From an exciting new voice in Chicano literature, this is a beautifully written, vivid portrait of one Mexican-American boy' s life. 1998 Pura Belpre Author Award 1996 Americas Award for Children' s and Young Adult Literature 1997 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library) 1996 National Book Award for Young People' s Literature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780060267063 20160527
Education Library (Cubberley), Special Collections
Book
189 p. 22 cm.
A twelve-year-old Mexican crosses the border illegally to join his father in California.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780385084567 20160527
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260 p. ; 24 cm.
Estrella's mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional quinceañera for her, even though it is the last thing she wants.
Education Library (Cubberley), Special Collections
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viii, 291 p. ; 22 cm.
"Do you guys have Internet?., .""How about TiVo?., .""You do get American TV?" The house was dark. "Wait a minute -- do they even have electricity?" Even though Sofi Mendoza was born in Mexico, she's spent most of her life in California -- the closest she gets to a south-of-the-border experience is eating at Taco Bell. But when Sofi and her friends sneak off for a weekend in Tijuana, she gets in real trouble. To Sofi's shock, the border patrol says that her green card is counterfeit. Until her parents can sort out the paperwork and legal issues, Sofi is stuck in Mexico. In the meantime, Sofi's parents arrange for her to stay with long-lost relatives in rural Baja. It's bad enough that Sofi has to miss senior prom and even graduation, but her aunt, uncle, and cousins live on a ranch with no indoor plumbing! As the weeks pass, though, she finds herself adapting to her surroundings. Sofi starts helping out on the ranch, getting along with her bratty cousins, and she even meets a guy with more potential than anyone from school. Through the unexpected crash course in her heritage, Sofi comes to appreciate that she has a home on both sides of the border. .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781428746572 20160527
Education Library (Cubberley), Special Collections

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