Finding Our Way by Rene Saldana Jr.

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THESE STORIES TAKE the reader to meet mochos; cholos; Mr. and Mrs. Special; Manny with his mysterious phone calls; Melly, who dreams of being the first girl to take the Dive; Andy and Ruthie, who find that being “boyfriend-girlfriend” takes on new meaning the night of the prom; and Chuy, who seems determined to get kicked out of school. Each distinct voice shares secret thoughts that draw the reader into daily dramas of love, danger, loyalty, and pride. In the final story, a shocking tragedy reverberates through the barrio.

“With this collection, Saldaña makes a significant contribution to the field of Latino short stories for young readers.”—VOYA, Starred

“These powerfully written, provocative selections have universal appeal and subtle, thoughtful themes.”—School Library Journal

“While much is revealed, just as much is implied, making the stories layered and rich while still rendering them accessible.”—The Bulletin

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About Rene Saldana Jr.

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René Saldaña, Jr. is the author of The Jumping Tree. He currently teaches English and writing at the university level in south Texas. The author lives in Edinburgh, TX.
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 130 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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His autobiography is a vehicle for looking at where he is right now and realizing “there are other ways out.” The messages woven into the story about writing personal narratives and poetry make it an excellent choice for high school writing classes.

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In "Manny Calls," for example, the author poignantly expresses Manny's grief over his grandfather's death through Manny's compulsion to dial his grandfather's number, which is no longer in service, and talk (over the recording and subsequent "beepbeepbeep") as if his grandfather were listening.

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Whether they take place in a Georgia town or in Texas on the Mexican border, the short stories in FINDING OUR WAY will introduce readers to some very interesting people.

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