Don't Call Me Heroby Ray Villareal
His whole life takes a turn for
Rawly Sanchez's life sucks. It's Friday night, and he's struggling with algebra homework in his mom's restaurant, which is also on the brink of failure. Ever since his dad died, his mother has had to work twice as hard. And starting next Saturday, algebra tutoring means he won't get to see his brother Jaime, who's in prison.
His whole life takes a turn for the better when he rescues a famous young woman from a flooded creek. The dramatic rescue is recorded and soon Rawly is being hailed as a hero. Suddenly, every reporter in town wants to interview him. Even kids who avoided him in the past now want to hang out with him. It's impossible to resist the popular quarterback's invitation to hang out, even if it means ditching his best friend. And best of all, Miyoko, the most beautiful girl in school, wants to go out with him. But, do they really like him? Or do they just want to take advantage of his new-found fame?
Acclaimed author and educator Ray Villareal writes another fast-paced novel for teens about the value of celebrity and true friendship. Spotlighting teens' interest in comic books and super heroes, even the most reluctant readers will be sucked in.
After saving the life of a famous model, a 14-year-old Mexican-American boy learns the pressures of popularity and the definition of true heroism.
Dallas freshman Rawly Sánchez knows that life is not perfect. His older brother Jaime is in prison, while his mother's Mexican restaurant is barely staying afloat. Now, he can't even visit his brother on Saturdays anymore, or he will miss the required tutoring for the algebra class he is failing. Small bursts of happiness come in the comic books he loves and in hanging out with his nerdy, often-annoying, wisecracking Jewish best friend Nevin Steinberg. Things take a turn for the worse when someone accidentally sets a pig loose in his mom's restaurant, and the incident makes the local news. Then, Nevin talks Rawly into performing as a duo at the school talent show, where he makes a fool of himself in front of his crush, Miyoko. Everything changes when Rawly misses his bus stop and ends up rescuing 22-year-old model Nikki Demetrius when her car plunges into a river. Instantly, Rawly is on the local and national news, hailed as a hero for saving Nikki's life. The third-person narration follows Rawley's journey as he learns who his real friends are and the difference between comic-book and real-world heroes.
A good story with some unexpected twists. (Fiction. 12-15)
- Arte Publico Press
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- 11 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Ray Villareal is the author of five novels for young adults that capture the angst of adolescent life: Body Slammed! (Piñata Books, 2012); Don’t Call Me Hero (Piñata Books, 2011); Who’s Buried in the Garden? (Piñata Books, 2009), winner of LAUSD’s Westchester Fiction Award; Alamo Wars (Piñata Books, 2008); and My Father, the Angel of Death (Piñata Books, 2006), which was nominated to the 2008-2009 Lone Star Reading List and named to The New York Public Library’s 2007 Books for the Teen Age.
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