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Contributor(s): Sanchez, Alex (Author)
ISBN: 1416937722     ISBN-13: 9781416937722
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
OUR PRICE:   $15.29  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: June 2009
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Annotation: When a guy in his class looks at him funny, Diego punches him in the face, and ends up on probation. At first he wants nothing to do with his probation officer. But as Diego starts to open up, he begins to realize that Mr. Vidas is the first person in his life who ever really wanted to listen to him. With Vidas's help, Diego begins to make real progress in controlling his anger. He even opens up enough to tell Vidas about the shark tooth that his stepfather gave him that he uses to cut himself. But only if Diego can find the courage to trust Vidas with the darkest secrets from his past will he be able to heal completely.

In this bold story of a boy trying to grow beyond a painful past, award-winning author Alex Sanchez calls upon his personal experience as a probation officer to reveal the complexities of one of his most genuinely realized characters to date.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Sexual Abuse
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2008038815
Lexile Measure: 630
Physical Information: 0.93" H x 5.84" W x 8.48" (0.77 lbs) 239 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 132027
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Sanchez, Alex: - Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait, The God Box, Getting It, Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road, as well as the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at