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A Good Long Way
Contributor(s): Saldana, Rene, Jr.
ISBN: 1558856072     ISBN-13: 9781558856073
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2010
Annotation: Three Mexican American teenagers in a small-town in Texas struggle with difficulties at home and at school as they try to attain the elusive status of adulthood.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Family problems; Fiction.
Emotional problems; Fiction.
Runaways; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010032989
Lexile Measure: 780
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (0.35 lbs) 105 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 142332
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52369
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 7 Up—A coming-of-age novel set in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Beto López is a high school senior who thinks that family rules no longer apply to him. Roelito, an A student, wants to be like his "cool" older brother, yet Beto's bad habits of staying out late, skipping class, and making poor grades concern him. After a late-night confrontation with their father, Beto runs away from home. His first thought is to turn to Jessy, his best friend, for help and guidance. She wants out of her deplorable home life, too, but also wants to go to college and knows that being alone in the world and without plans is never the answer. The story unfolds during a 24-hour period and is advanced through the thoughts and feelings of the three main characters. Jessy wisely concludes that unless you have inner peace, running will not make your situation better. This fast-paced novel will make readers think about their own lives and responsibilities.—Sharon Morrison, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, Durant, OK

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