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by de la Peña, Matt.

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Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.
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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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Subjects Vaughan, Brian K. Runaways Fiction
Juvenile delinquents Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Guilt Fiction
Brothers Fiction
Group homes Fiction
Runaway teenagers Fiction
Hispanic Americans Fiction
Runaways Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
California Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Random House Children's Books2009
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 14 & up.
Language English
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ISBN 9780375893834
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