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Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

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ISBN13: 9780064471862
ISBN10: 0064471861
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Awards

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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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.

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.

Steve Scott is the illustrator of Splish Splash by Joan Bransfield Graham and is a children's book designer. He lives in New York City.

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ElCholoBaez, August 22, 2008 (view all comments by ElCholoBaez)
Parrot in the oven is a great book, i enjoy the way that Victor Martinez exposed the hardships of a Mexican-American family in such a vivid way.
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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:
9780064471862
Author:
Martinez, Victor
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Author:
tinez, Victor
Author:
Scott, Steve
Author:
by Victor Martinez and Steve Scott
Author:
Mar
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Alcoholism
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
Parrots
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 234
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 17.60 oz
Age Level:
12-17

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