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Parrot In The Oven - Victor Martinez

Paperback Published: 28th December 2004
ISBN: 9780064471862
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person -- even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies.

Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny. He wants to be a vato firme, the kind of guy people respect. But that′s not easy when your father is abusive, your brother can′t hold a job, and your mother scrubs the house as if she can wash her troubles away.

In Manny′s neighborhood, the way to get respect is to be in a gang. But Manny′s not sure that joining a gang is the solution. Because, after all, it′s his life -- and he wants to be the one to decide what happens to it.

Industry Reviews

"A brilliant, witty memoir of a Mexican-American adolescence."-- "U.S. News & Report""A rare and consummately believable portrait of barrio life."-- "Publishers Weekly" (Starred review)

ISBN: 9780064471862
ISBN-10: 0064471861
Audience: Children
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 11.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.11