Trino's Choice

Trino's Choice

by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
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Trino's Choice by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Fiction.Latino/Latina Studies. "A dramatic and realistic contemporary novel about a Latino boy struggling to grow into manhood and somehow make the right choices in the absence of adult guidance" —Booklist. To be thirteen is worthless, Trino thinks. Trino has three little brothers he's supposed to look after, and no father he can look up to. He rules at video games, but in the classroom and out in the real world he's barely getting by —just like his mom, who scarcely manages to pay the bills and feed her kids by working all the time. Trino gets angry at his terrible life; but when an older teen with a vicious streak invites him to hang with his crowd — and maybe make some quick money too —Trino doesn't know what to think. What kind of choices does he have, anyway? To run or die?

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ISBN-13: 9781558852686
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.88(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 16 Years

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Trino's Choice 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NickKoul More than 1 year ago
I read the book Trino's Choice by Diane Gonzales Bertrand. Trino's Choice is a story about a boy named Trino Olivares and the choices he makes involving gang life. Trino is thirteen-year-old boy in the 7th grade that has three little brothers that he looks after with the help of his Mom. Trino's family has it very rough, Trino's dad left the family after Trino was born and his mom is the only one working for the family. They live in a small trailer park on the edge of town with their cousin Garces a lazy bum who guilt's his mother into letting him stay with them. The story starts with Trino running away from a boy named Rosca a local thug. Rosca is looking for Trino because Trino witnessed Rosca and his gang beat up Mr.Epifaño a local grocery store owner. Trino ends up hiding in an old bookstore, while he is hiding from Rosca Trino meets a group of kids that also go to his school. The kids he meets are "school types" the ones who work hard in school and do all there work. Trino had never been friends with "school types" but in the bookstore he meets a girl named Lisana who he likes a lot. Trino decides to start hanging out with the "school types" and his life starts to get a lot better. Trino begins to do better in school and he gets to hang out with Lisana more. Rosca stops' tracking Trino and Trino's mom even kicks Garces out of the house. But one day Rosca starts to talk to Trino and lunch, he says that because Trino did not rat Rosca and his thugs out for beating up Mr.Epifaño and that he is going to talk to Trino if he ever needs "a job" done. Trino does not want anything to do with Rosca but Trino's best friends Zipper and Rogelio want to be part of Rosca's gang. Trino goes home to find that his Mom lost her job cleaning at the local hotel and now no one in the family was making money. At school the next day Rosca tells Trino he has a job for him and that he should meet him at the car wash at 11 pm. Trino has to make a choice of doing the right thing and staying out of trouble and being with Lisana and the "school types". Or doing the wrong thing to make money for his family and being part of Rosca's gang. Trino's Choice is a realistic and exiting book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the dangers of gang life and the reasons people are compelled to start gang life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book I found to be real good, as soon as I read it i couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book. It's about a Mexican-American boy named Trino who faces problems with friends, and family. His dad is gone he lives in a trailer with his mom and 2 brothers and is poor. Tienen que leerlo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trino's Choice is a good book. It's not important who is reading, because the situation is very easy to understand. It's very realistic, and represents a life of a Mexican-American. This book is for middle school or young adolescents. It's apparent because in various parts there are many easy words. But this book is very interesting and fun to read. I give it three stars. Trino's Choice es un libro bueno. No es importa quien esta leyendo, porque este situacion es muy facil para comprender. Es muy realista, y representa una vida de un Mejican-Americano. Este libro es para escuela del media o adolscentes jovenes. Es aparente porque en varios partes hay muchas palabras facil. Pero este libro es muy interesante y divertido para leer. Doy tres estrellas.