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Manny Hernandez's dad is always calling himel perico, or "the
parrot," from a Mexican saying about a parrot who complains
how hot it is in the shade while all along he's sitting in the oven
and doesn't know it. But Manny, wanting to be smarter than the parrot,
struggles with the awkwardness of adolescence as he searches for
acceptance and becomes a vato firme,a stand-up guy. More...
(Harper Children Reading Group Guide;)
Victor Martinez says that his background makes up the stuff
of his work. Born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth
in a family of twelve children, he attended California State University
at Fresno and Stanford University. Mr. Martinez has also worked
as a field laborer, welder, truck driver, firefighter, teacher,
and office clerk.
Victor Martinezs poems, short stories, and essays have appeared
in such prestigious publications as Si, El Andar, The Bloomsbury
Review, and the High Plains Literary Review. Victor Martinez lives
with his wife in San Francisco. More...