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by de la Peña, Matt.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA PENA Matt de la
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA PENA Matt de la
Jefferson Hills Public Library Young Adult YA FIC PEN
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA FIC PEN
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F PENA
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F PENA
Penn Hills Library Youth Y PEN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Youth
Call Number  Y PEN
After it happens, Miguel is sent to juvenile hall for a year. The judge had no idea he was doing Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mother can't even look at him. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After being sentenced to a year in a California group home, Miguel Casteñeda, 16, breaks out with two other teens, Mong and Rondell. Together, they try to cross the border to Mexico, and Miguel writes in his journal about their journey. His colloquial narrative, laced with insults (but not obscenities), is fast, funny, smart, and heartbreaking as he describes how the three homeless runaways steal, hide, work, fight, bond, and care for each other. Unlike his mates, Miguel is an avid reader, and with the account of their daily struggle, he weaves in references to classics. There may be too much detail for some, but the contemporary survival adventure will keep readers hooked, as will the tension that builds from the story's secrets. What did Miguel do that landed him in the group home? Why won't his mother talk to him? The riveting climax shows, without a heavy message, that the hero's journey is a search for himself.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Miguel, a high school student from Stockton, Calif.-"where every other person you meet has missing teeth or is leaning against a liquor store wall begging for change to buy beer"-commits an undisclosed crime, he is sentenced to a year in juvenile hall. Despite the efforts of his counselor (who constantly calls him "bro"), a despondent Miguel suffers alone at the group home, reading and scribbling in his journal; his entries provide the novel's narrative. When Mong, a violent fellow resident, plans an escape to Mexico, Miguel and his roommate, Rondell, join him on a tumultuous journey through Southern California and slowly become friends, as Miguel struggles to come to terms with the events that have brought him to this point ("Nah, man, there ain't no such thing as peace no more. That shit's dead and buried"). Miguel's raw yet reflective journal entries give Pena's (Mexican WhiteBoy) coming-of-age story an immersive authenticity and forceful voice. The suspense surrounding the boys' survival and the mystery of Miguel's crime result in a furiously paced and gripping novel. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Juvenile delinquents -- Fiction.
Runaways -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Guilt -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Group homes -- Fiction.
California -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385736671 (hardcover)
0385736673 (hardcover)
9780385906227 (Gibraltar lib. bdg.)
0385906226 (Gibraltar lib. bdg.)
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