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Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña

Mexican WhiteBoy

by Matt de la Peña

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Danny has a white mother and a Mexican father and doesn't quite fit in either world. He doesn't speak Spanish but loves the Mexican people and their culture. And baseball. He is an extremely talented pitcher but when he gets on the mound his pitches go wild. He meets Uno who has a Mexican mother and a black father. Uno sees the Danny's talent and helps him focus and the two of them visit different fields and hustle hitters.

The story reminds me a little of Chaim Potok's The Chosen. But for teens. It's worth a little time to read. ( )
  mamzel | Feb 3, 2016 |
Danny is half-Mexican, half-white and doesn't speak Spanish. Uno is half-Mexican, half-black. Danny yearns to reconnect with his Mexican father whom he hasn't seen in years. Uno wants to move in with his biological father and start a new life. These barrio outsiders manage to find a connection despite a rocky introduction. Their friendship helps each know that everything will be OK. Danny's tortured introspection caused this story to drag for me but teens who enjoy urban fiction will appreciate the raw street dialog and day-to-day realities of hangin' in the 'hood. (Bonus for parents and librarians: no graphic sex, just lots of talk and innuendo.) Teens who feel mired in the 'hood will identify with these boys' confused souls as they try to find their places in the world. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Mexican WhiteBoy is a story about friendship, acceptance, and the
struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions. 16 year old Danny Lopez has a white mother and a Mexican father who left them to go back to Mexico. Trying to find his identity and figure out where he belongs, Danny decides to takes a trip to mexico over the summer to visit his dad’s side of the family to try to understand why
his dad left them and get to get to know his dad a little better.
  laurenmaune | Nov 16, 2015 |
Being half white and half Mexican is Danny's lot in life. He feels ostracized from both groups. Uno is half Black and half Mexican. The two of them develop a close friendship. "Mexican Whiteboy" takes the reader through baseball, feelings of differences between both Danny and Uno, their confused love for their absent fathers, and their growing up pains. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Danny Lopez is too Mexican for the white kids at his school, and too white for the Mexican kids in the National City neighborhood of San Diego. To top it off, his dad left for Mexico and Danny hasn't seen him in three years.

What Danny does have going for him is his pitching. He can throw a fastball above 90 miles per hour--but he was cut from his prep school's team because he didn't have any control.

When a stickball accident--and the subsequent fight--leaves him with stitches, the last thing he expects is to end up friends with the guy who beat him up. But Danny and Uno have a lot more in common than it seems.

Deals with race, belonging, violence, poverty, and baseball. Strong language in both English and Spanish, but little sexual content. Highly recommended. ( )
  RussianLoveMachine | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385733100, Hardcover)

DANNY’S TALL AND skinny. Even though he’s 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 boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

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 else 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. Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.

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Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

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