Muchacho by Louanne Johnson
Eddie Corazon doesn’t like school and its condescending teachers. He’s pretty smart, though, so he gets into trouble a lot. In fact, he seems to have a knack for it. His friends and cousins are even better at it, and not only end up in trouble at school, but also with the cops as well.
When Lupe moves in from another school, Eddie’s world starts to look a little different. She’s gorgeous and smart, and he wants to be better for her, but isn’t quite sure how to stay cool with his friends. The two worlds are very different. On top of that, Lupe’s father is very strict, Eddie’s dad is not much of a talker, and Eddie’s promised his mom he’ll graduate high school, even though that goal seems far, far away.
Pick this one up! It’s a good read. Eddie seems very real and you want to know what happens to him all throughout the story – especially about one situation that happens when he’s out with his brother one night. It’s also one of the Peach Award Nominees – so you know it’s good.
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