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DANNYS TALL AND skinny. Even though hes not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boys not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they dont expect much else from him. Dannys brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he cant speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, theyve got him pegged. Dannys convinced its his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And thats why hes spending the summer with his dads family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.


Danny throws a mean 95 mph fastball, but the boy's not even on a team. Danny's private school doesn't expect much from him because he's half-Mexican. While spending the summer with his dad's Mexican family, Danny may have to face the demons he refuses to see before he can find himself.

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Mexican WhiteBoy is Matt de la Peñas second novel for young readers. His first novel, Ball Dont Lie, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and will soon be a major motion picture. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Beverly B, June 24, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Mexican WhiteBoy is a touching and realistic story about the struggles of being a cultural misfit. Danny doesn't fit in to his mother's white community, or the exclusive private school he attends, because he looks "too Mexican." He does't fit in with his father's very close extended Mexican American family because he is unfamiliar with the Hispanic culture of their neighborhood, and he doesn't speak Spanish. He socially withdraws and self-harms to deal with the stress of not having anyone who understands how he feels. Matt de la Pena creates likable characters who are earnest in their attempts to be supportive of Danny, but inept in their efforts to reach out. Luckily, Danny recognizes that his Mexican family and new Mexican friends are trying. His first ever best friend, Uno, sees Danny's pain and shows him how to rise above it. Uno's recovering addict father helps Danny understand the struggles of his absentee father and helps him realize he can create his own destiny. For Danny that destiny is baseball. Danny is a pitching phenomenon with no confidence in his talents. Uno is determined to make Danny's dream come true whether Danny is ready or not. Everyone should have a friend as great as Uno.
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Fathers and sons
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People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
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