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Mexican WhiteBoy

Written by: Matt de la Pena
Narrated by: Henry Leyva
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins

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"[A] first-rate exploration of self-identity."
—School Library Journal

Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he's not "built", his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce that any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five-mile-an-hour fastball, but the boy's not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it. Ball ends up so far out of the strike zone it's laughable.

But at his private school, they don't expect much else from him. Danny's brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego, that close to the border, means everyone knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can't speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they've got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny's convinced it's his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

That's why he's spending the summer with his dad's family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see - the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Set in the alleys and on the ball fields of San Diego County, Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

©2008 Matt de la Pena (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Abel
  • 08-03-19

outlook on someone elses life

This is what a lot of children go through today with being biracial. No one ever knows what a person goes through. I also think that people need to hear their child out because they need to know the truth.

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  • Stephanie Anne Slack
  • 12-10-19

loved it

Excellent story. Would make a terrific film. Loved the relationship with Danny and Uno and learning about National City, CA through the characters.

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  • almarosa banda
  • 31-07-18

Seems like a good read, but bad narration.

Read the book instead. Sadly the narrator does not do the. Book justice. Making it difficult to say interested and listen.

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  • Olivia
  • 14-07-17

Story moved pretty slow

I was trying this book out to see if it would work for an audio book club with middle schoolers. The story moved pretty slowly and I worry it won't keep their attention/interest.