Manuel and the Madman

Manuel and the Madman

by Gerald W. Haslam, Janice E. Haslam

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Manuel Ryan's heritage is a blend of Mexican and Irish, but what he wants to be called is just "American." This is the story of a seventh grader who finds himself living with his Mexican born grandmother while his parents take off in separate directions in search of work.. To his dismay, Manuel discovers that his Mexican grandmother has no tolerance for the American "madman" living next door. Manuel, though, befriends this new neighbor, Mr. Samuelian, and together, they learn about making new friends and dealing with parental conflicts and disappointment. Manuel and the Madman is a stark and realistic portrait of life in a Mexian barrio, complete with frank talk about social ills and teen sexuality. Using the language of street grammar, the Haslams paint a vivid picture of what life might be like in a somewhat neglected region of the literary world. This is a good resource for teaching middle school students about the virtues of tolerance. Genre: Bigotry/Sexuality. 1999, Devil Mountain Books, Ages 9 to 12, $9.95. Reviewer: Patti Cleary

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