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Mexican whiteboy

by de la Peña, Matt.

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Audio Books YA CD DE LA PENA Matt
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Audio Books
 
Call Number  YA CD DE LA PENA Matt
 
 
Summary

" A] first-rate exploration of self-identity." -- School Library Journal

Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he's not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five-mile-an-hour fastball, but the boy's not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it. Ball ends up so far out of the strike zone it's laughable.

But at his private school, they don't expect much else from him. Danny's brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego, that close to the border, means everyone knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can't speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they've got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny's convinced it's his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

That's why he's spending the summer with his dad's family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see--the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Set in the alleys and on the ball fields of San Diego County, Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Biracial Danny Lopez doesn't think he fits anywhere. He feels like an outsider with his Mexican father's family, with whom he is staying for the summer, and at his mostly white school, and he wonders if his confusion drove his father away. He also struggles with his obsession for baseball; a gifted player with a blazing fastball, he lacks control of his game. With the support of a new friend and his caring cousins, Danny begins to deal with the multitude of problems in his life, which include his tendency to cut himself, an unusual characteristic in a male YA protagonist. The author juggles his many plotlines well, and the portrayal of Danny's friends and neighborhood is rich and lively. Where the story really lights up is in the baseball scenes, which sizzle like Danny's fastball. A violent scene, left somewhat unresolved, is the catalyst for him to confront the truth about his father. Danny's struggle to find his place will speak strongly to all teens but especially to those of mixed race.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Cousins -- Fiction.
National City (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance Audio,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Mexican white boy
Contributors Leyva, Henry.
Participants/Performers Performed by Henry Leyva.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Duration: 7:23:00.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 23 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781480524507
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