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Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida (Mass Market Paperbound)

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By Victor Martinez, Steve Scott (Illustrator)
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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780064471862
ISBN-10: 0064471861
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Publication Date: December 28th, 2004
Pages: 224
Language: English