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Mexican Whiteboyby Matt De La Pena
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My name is Julio Ramirez Jr. and baseball is my whole life.
Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor.
Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cubas national team—until he finds out his father's defection may destroy his chances. When hes given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if hes caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore—or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son?
Set against the backdrop of the Series on which everything depends, Game Seven is a suspenseful story of loyalty, survival, and baseball.
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.
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.
About the Author
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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