Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person -- even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies.
Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny. He wants to be a vato firme, the kind of guy people respect. But that′s not easy when your father is abusive, your brother can′t hold a job, and your mother scrubs the house as if she can wash her troubles away.
In Manny′s neighborhood, the way to get respect is to be in a gang. But Manny′s not sure that joining a gang is the solution. Because, after all, it′s his life -- and he wants to be the one to decide what happens to it.
Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Victor Martinez
Publisher: HarperCollins Espanol
Size: 6.72h x 4.36w x 0.64d
Award: Pura Belpre Award - Winner
Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 20130 / Parrot in the Oven
Reading Level: 6.1 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 7