Danny feels torn between the two worlds of his own life. His dad is Hispanic but his Hispanic cousins think Danny is too white (and he does not speak Spanish either). His private school believes him to be too "ethnic." Spending the summer in the neighborhood where his father grew up will, Danny hopes, put him closer in touch with his long absent dad and with his Hispanic heritage as well. At first isolated, Danny comes to trust and depend on Sofia and Uno. Hopefully, they will be able to help Danny face the truth about his life and that of his own father.
Matt de la Pena's debut novel, BALL DON'T LIE, found an audience of appreciative readers, kids who loved the sports sequences but more importantly identified with the main characters and situations. I suspect this book will do the same: find readers who perhaps enter the novel for the baseball and stay because of Danny and Uno and the others. Delacorte, 2008.
Matt will be one of the speakers in San Antonio at NCTE and ALAN in just a few weeks.