Fighting for Dontae by Mike Castan

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Javier's life is going nowhere fast. He hates seventh grade, his father's locked up, and his mother can't be relied on. He and his friends are in a gang; but he doesn't even know why he joined the Playaz in the first place, since hanging with them is like asking for trouble from the cops. When he is assigned to work with the special education class, Javier thinks that the one thing he had going for him in middle school--his social life--is over. Little by little, though, Javier realizes that he actually enjoys reading to Dontae, a severely disabled boy his age. When everything else around him is falling apart, working with Dontae becomes the one thing worth fighting for.

About Mike Castan

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Mike Castan is a writer who has been an actor and a middle-grade substitute teacher.nbsp;He is the author of The Price of Loyalty, which Booklist called a "stirring first novel."nbsp;He lives in California.
Published February 20, 2012 by Holiday House. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Middle school proves particularly difficult for Javier when he is assigned to spend time helping students in the special-education program.

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