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Bean Cuisine: A Culinary Guide for the Ecogourmet
     

Bean Cuisine: A Culinary Guide for the Ecogourmet

by Beverly White, Julie Maas (Illustrator)
 

The all Hispanic boys' soccer team from Woodburn High has made the playoffs for nineteen straight years. As they prepare to make it twenty, the boys are determined that this will be the season they beat the wealthy suburban schools around them and finally win the Oregon state championship. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a bluecollar

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The all Hispanic boys' soccer team from Woodburn High has made the playoffs for nineteen straight years. As they prepare to make it twenty, the boys are determined that this will be the season they beat the wealthy suburban schools around them and finally win the Oregon state championship. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a bluecollar farming community that has been transformed by waves of immigrants over recent decades, a town locals call "Little Mexico."

In 2005, Woodburn High's Bulldogs, aka Los Perros, will start the season with eight undocumented students, three boys who speak almost no English, a midfielder groomed to play for a pro Mexican team, a goalkeeper living in his third foster home, and an Irishdescended white coach desperate to lead all of them to success. Watched over by a south Texas transplant—a surrogate father to half the squad—this band of brothers must learn to come together on the field and look after each other off it.

More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is also about the fight for the future of the next generation and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gangbangers, told to "go home" by lilywhite sideline crowds. At school, these kids battle academically in a country where barely half of all Hispanic boys graduate and fewer still make it to college. Now, in a gutsy quest for their first state championship, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking and fastpaced tale of how sometimes it takes more than raw talent, discipline, and passion to capture the American Dream.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Far from the hoopla of the World Cup is the soccer world of Woodburn, OR, where the high school Bulldogs have been always in the playoffs but never the state champions. A team dominated by Latinos (mostly from Mexico), Los Perros (or Bulldogs) compete against schools with greater resources and social stability, but their story is as compelling as that of whoever wins the cup this summer. Wilson documents the squad's 2005 season, a tale about soccer but also about the lives of young men who struggle to stay in school, work, and play the game they love. Essential for soccer fans and those who find inspiration in young people achieving well beyond expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780710087591
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
01/28/1977
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wilson is the former publisher and editor of Motionsickness: The Other Side of Travel, a critically lauded magazine that was selected as a finalist for Utne's Best New Titles for 2001. He has also been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including the Portland Tribune, American History, and Utne. A graduate of Portland State University's MA Writing Program, he teaches at PSU.

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