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Jan 12, 2010 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

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Aug 12, 2008 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

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    Jan 12, 2010 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

  • Ebook $9.99

    Aug 12, 2008 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

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

Unique in its gritty realism and honest portrayal of the complexities of life for inner-city teens…De la Peña poignantly conveys the message that, despite obstacles, you must believe in yourself and shape your own future.”-The Horn Book Magazine

De la Peña does an excellent job…Readers see themselves in Danny, Uno, and Sofia, whether or not they share their backgrounds. In the end, they find themselves wanting the characters to succeed.”-VOYA

The baseball scenes…sizzle like Danny’s fastball…Danny’s struggle to find his place will speak strongly to all teens, but especially to those of mixed race.”-Booklist

De la Peña blends sports and street together in a satisfying search for personal identity.“-Kirkus Reviews

Deftly explores the subject of interracial mixing.“-Multicultural Review

“Matt de la Pena has done the impossible; fired a perfect fastball on the low inside corner and hit a towering home run at the same time. A tough, funny, edgy, hopeful story about friendship under fire and love in its true sense.“-Chris Crutcher, author of Deadline and Whale Talk

Mexican Whiteboy…shows that no matter what obstacles you face, you can still reach your dreams with a positive attitude. This is more than a book about a baseball player–this is a book about life.”-Curtis Granderson, New York Mets outfielder

An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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