Booktopia has been placed into Voluntary Administration. Orders have been temporarily suspended, whilst the process for the recapitalisation of Booktopia and/or sale of its business is completed, following which services may be re-established. All enquiries from creditors, including customers with outstanding gift cards and orders and placed prior to 3 July 2024, please visit https://www.mcgrathnicol.com/creditors/booktopia-group/
Add free shipping to your order with these great books
Parrot in the Oven : A Novel - Victor Martinez

Parrot in the Oven

A Novel

By: Victor Martinez

eBook | 19 March 2024

At a Glance

eBook


RRP $26.39

$21.99

17%OFF

Instant Digital Delivery to your Booktopia Reader App

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 spends 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 thousand- 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 the parrot 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

on

More in Young Adult (YA) Fiction

Into the Mouth of the Wolf - Erin Gough

eBOOK

RRP $12.99

$10.99

15%
OFF
Guardian - Julius Lester

eBOOK

RRP $14.29

$11.99

16%
OFF
Serendipity Market - Penny Blubaugh

eBOOK

RRP $14.29

$11.99

16%
OFF
Perfect - Ellen Hopkins

eBOOK

eBook

RRP $26.39

$21.99

17%
OFF
Impulse - Ellen Hopkins

eBOOK

eBook

RRP $26.39

$21.99

17%
OFF
Smoke : Burned - Ellen Hopkins

eBOOK

RRP $26.39

$21.99

17%
OFF
Perfect You - Elizabeth Scott

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
Moonglass - Jessi Kirby

eBOOK

RRP $18.69

$14.99

20%
OFF
Panic - Sharon M. Draper

eBOOK

eBook

RRP $18.69

$14.99

20%
OFF
Pure Sin : Privilege - Kate Brian

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
Crash : Visions - Lisa McMann

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
The Stolen : The Nine Lives of Chloe King - Celia Thomson

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
Full Tilt - Neal Shusterman

eBOOK

RRP $17.59

$14.99

15%
OFF
Downsiders - Neal Shusterman

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
Lost It - Kristen Tracy

eBOOK

eBook

RRP $18.69

$14.99

20%
OFF
Dicey's Song : The Tillerman Cycle - Cynthia Voigt

eBOOK

RRP $18.69

$14.99

20%
OFF
Sanctuary : 1-800-Where-R-You - Meg Cabot

eBOOK

RRP $14.29

$11.99

16%
OFF
The Chosen : The Nine Lives of Chloe King - Celia Thomson

eBOOK

RRP $18.69

$14.99

20%
OFF
Embers & Echoes : Wildefire - Karsten Knight

eBOOK

RRP $24.19

$19.99

17%
OFF
The Fallen : The Nine Lives of Chloe King - Liz Braswell

eBOOK

RRP $14.29

$11.99

16%
OFF