The Angel of the Death is the American Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, but he is also Jesse Baron's father. As Jesse negotiates all the usual middle-school problems—from bullies to first love—he can't help but wonder what life would be like if his father wasn't a famous wrestler.
|Publisher:||Arte Publico Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||249 KB|
|Age Range:||11 - 16 Years|
About 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. Villareal worked for 30 years as a teacher and an instructional reading coach with the Dallas Independent School District, and his knowledge of kids is obvious in his characters’ dialogue and the problems they deal with. He graduated in 1981 from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. In 1991, he completed his Master of Liberal Arts from the same university. He lives with his family in Dallas, Texas.