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Roll Over, Big Toben
     

Roll Over, Big Toben

by Victor Sandoval
 

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This young adult novel depicts a teenager’s struggle with the clash between the streets and the classroom.

Three things matter to fifteen-year-old David López: his family, his pigeons and his gang. But with the death of his father, David’s life in Little Arroyo becomes a struggle for everything he once cared about. "I’m gonna split . .

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This young adult novel depicts a teenager’s struggle with the clash between the streets and the classroom.

Three things matter to fifteen-year-old David López: his family, his pigeons and his gang. But with the death of his father, David’s life in Little Arroyo becomes a struggle for everything he once cared about. "I’m gonna split . . . I’ve got to get out of here," David says, when his mother suggests that he live with his well-meaning, but misguided, Uncle Joe.

His home life in turmoil, David turns to rely more on his best friend Robert and their gang, who stand behind the local hero Big Toben. Big Toben has it all: the brawn, the speed, and the courage to stand up to the rival gang, The Eastsiders. David can place all of his trust in Big Toben, whether he is charging for a touchdown on the football field, throwing bottles from the roof at a dance or slipping away from the police.

With Big Toben at his side, his life improves until one awful afternoon, when David is forced to decide between his loyalty to the gang and his own future. Will the influence of his family, his teachers, and his friends, help David make the right choice?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611927566
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
145 KB
Age Range:
11 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

VICTOR SANDOVAL has been an educator for over thirty years, spending his entire professional career with the Alhambra School District. Roll Over, Big Toben (Piñata Books, 2003), is Sandoval’s first book of fiction for young adults.

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