The Jumping Treeby Rene Saldana Jr.
As Rey begins to cross the
These lively stories follow Rey Castaneda from sixth through eighth grade in Nuevo Penitas, Texas. One side of Rey's family lives nearby in Mexico, the other half in Texas, and Rey fits in on both sides of the border. In Nuevo Penitas, he enjoys fooling around with his pals in the barrio; at school, he's one of the "A list" kids.
As Rey begins to cross the border from childhood into manhood, he turns from jokes and games to sense the meaning of work, love, poverty, and grief, and what it means to be a proud Chicano-moments that sometimes propel him to show feelings un hombre should never express. It's a new territory where Rey longs to follow the example his hardworking, loving father has set for him.
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- 12 Years
Meet the Author
René Saldaña, Jr, is a former middle school and high school English teacher. He is now in the doctoral program in creative writing at Georgia State University. This is his first novel.
From the Hardcover edition.
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It's a good book even though some parts are hard to understand
It is only worth it if you can relate to the Hispanic culture if not, you will not really be interest at all in this book... I read it and I am not Hispanic, definately was not crazy about this book. I found it to be a disapointment. Save yourself from disapointment!
The thing that I like about the book is that it has to do with the hispanic culture. It kind of relates to my hispanic life and what kind of traditions we do. The things that the kids do for fun in the book I have seen a lot by my neighborhood. I recommend this book to any person that would like to know about the hispanic culture.