Summary: Set in South King County, WA, Sam is reluctantly teamed up with “gangster” Luis to create a performance poetry/rap for Ms Cassidy’s 10th grade English Class. Filled with raw teen poetry, you can feel the rain in the book ( we don’t do snow, we love the H²O, baby!)
Gut Reaction: Give me more Patrick! Don’t move to Michigan!
Why: Slick poetry, set in Seattle Area, for the student you sit next to in class but hardly know anything about, Latino characters and author!
Summary: For nineteen straight years, the all-Hispanic boys’ soccer team from Oregon’s Woodburn High has made the playoffs. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a blue-collar farming community that has been transformed by waves of immigrants over recent decades, a town locals call “Little Mexico.” Watched over by a south Texas transplant—a surrogate father to half the squad—this band of brothers must learn to come together on the field and look after each other off it.
I started reading it because… The book is about a boy’s high school soccer team in Woodburn, Oregon.
I kept reading because… Stories surrounding the players who had immigrated from Mexico. It brings out the issues of language, immigration, education, and sports in real life experiences.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Play professional soccer!
Six Word Recap: Teens overcome obstacles to create teamwork.
This book reminded me of (the movie) Stand and Deliverbecause…of overcoming the odds to succeed!