Good Long Way

ISBN-10: 1558856072
ISBN-13: 9781558856073
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jr. Saldaña
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Description: "Stop it. The two of you, stop it!" Roelito howls at his father and older brother as their heated argument turns into a shoving match. Beto has again come home way past curfew, smelling like a cantina. When Beto Sr. tells his son that he either  More...

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List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 10/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

"Stop it. The two of you, stop it!" Roelito howls at his father and older brother as their heated argument turns into a shoving match. Beto has again come home way past curfew, smelling like a cantina. When Beto Sr. tells his son that he either needs to follow the rules or leave, the boy¿a senior in high school¿decides to leave, right then, in the middle of the night. Once he has walked away, though, he realizes he has nowhere to go. Maybe his best friend Jessy can help. The story of Beto¿s decision to run away and drop out of school is told from shifting perspectives in which the conflicted lives of Roel, Beto, and Jessy are revealed in short scenes that reflect teen-age life along the Texas-Mexico border. Each one has a good long way to go in growing up. Roel fights the teachers¿ assumptions that he¿s like Beto. Unlike his brother, Roel actually enjoys school. Jessy is smart too, but most of her teachers can¿t see beyond her tough-girl façade. Her parents are so busy fighting with each other that they don¿t notice her, even if she¿s packing a suitcase to leave. And Beto ¿ somewhere along the way he quit caring about school. And his teachers have noticed and given up too. René Saldaña, Jr. once again writes a fast-paced, thought-provoking novel that will engage young adults in questions about their own lives and responsibilities to family, friends, and most of all, to themselves.

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