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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

Synopsis:

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 wants to find out what it means to be a vato firme, a guy to respect, in this powerful novel of a young Mexican-American boy's coming-of-age experiences.

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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

About the Author

Victor Martinez was born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth in a family of twelve children. He attended California State University at Fresno and Stanford University, and has worked as a field laborer, welder, truck driver, firefighter, teacher, and office clerk. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. Mr. Martinez was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Parrot in the Oven, his first novel. He now makes his home in San Francisco, California.

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emmejo, July 31, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Manny is trying to find a place in the world. He wants a way out of the life he has now; the one where he has to dodge his abusive father and stop him from killing someone, his brother who can't keep a job, his sister who sneaks out of the house to see boys against the household rules, and his mother who compulsively cleans everything as if it makes anything better.

This book just utterly failed to grab me. The characters were flat and hard to care about, for all their troubles. The writing was dull and it was hard to keep reading. The pacing was wobbly. Although this book is only 216 pages long, it felt like it took forever to read.
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Batgirl_paloma, September 17, 2006 (view all comments by Batgirl_paloma)
I loved this book and it caught all my interests and I hope Victor Martinez writes another book like this one. Parrot in the Oven was an inspiring and enjoyable book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060267049
Subtitle:
mi vida
Author:
Scott, Steve
Illustrator:
Scott, Steve
Author:
Scott, Steve
Author:
by Victor Martinez and Steve Scott
Publisher:
Rayo
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Alcoholism
Subject:
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Alcoholism -- Fiction.
Subject:
Family life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19960930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 x 0.81 in 9.84 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 224 pages Joanna Cotler Books - English 9780060267049 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 wants to find out what it means to be a vato firme, a guy to respect, in this powerful novel of a young Mexican-American boy's coming-of-age experiences.

"Synopsis" by ,
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

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