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About this book:

Although Latinos living in California are the nucleus of these stories, the problems they encounter could happen to any young person, anywhere and at any time. Yollie's beautiful, just-dyed dress is obliterated by a rainstorm, Victor pretends to know French to impress a girl and Michael and Jesse need several tries to make the Little League team. Day to day life for young Hispanics is realistically captured and related in this collection of eleven short stories. © Gale Group

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About this author

I was born and raised in Fresno, California, and grew up in the barrio, which is a Spanish word for neighborhood. When I was younger I wanted to be a priest or a paleontologist, a scientist who studies fossils and dinosaur bones. We didn't have many books around when I was growing up, and no one really encouraged us to read. In fact, I never thought about being a writer when I was a kid. More... (© Scholastic; )

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The Urban Dreams Project
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