Secret of Two Brothers

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Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Beaver has just returned to his West Dallas barrio after serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is trying to start a new life under the watchful eye of his parole officer. During his older brother's absence, Cande has had to fend for himself against his father's physical abuse after his mother's death. The two are successful in avoiding their father and in becoming a family again. However, Cande is involved in a car accident from which the abuse, along with the brothers' living situation, is discovered. Rich in references to the Mexican-American culture, of which these boys are a part, this uplifting story is about two brothers who work hard and fight against the odds that society imposes.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9``Beaver'' Francisco Torres, 21, is paroled after serving 3 years of a 10-year sentence for being an accomplice in an armed robbery. His assignment as a pastry chef in the prison kitchen allowed him to work the system with food favors and offered some protection from the realities of prison. Beaver returns to West Dallas where he must find a job; help his younger brother, Cande; and readjust to life on the outside. Beaver is a basically good kid who has gotten in with bad friends and his luck had taken a down turn. It does not stop with his release: a friend is killed in a car accident and Cande is seriously injured. More problems than can be imagined are heaped on the young man, but he seems prepared to get his life back in order and overcome them. Major issues are treated with sensitivity and understanding. Several good adult role models are introduced and are well developed. A solid offering.Kenneth E. Kowen, E.L. Furr Senior High School, Houston, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558851429
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 181
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    The Two Brothers

    In Dallas Texas the burg is one of the worst parts of the city. This is where Beaver the main character is form. At the begging of the story Beaver has been in prison for the past 3 years. He has been there because of hustling people for their money at the local stores. Beaver did not grow up in a good environment. Before he went to prison his dad was always cheating on his mom and would come home after and beat her. When Beaver got out his mother would no longer live with him and his brother Cande because she had past away. Beavers dad no longer lives with Cande because he has found a girl to live with in one of the best areas of the city. Beaver has big problems with his dad and hardly ever talks to him. To find out the rest pleas read Secret of Two Brothers.

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