"An inspiring YA debut from the author of "Dangerous Minds."
"Eddie Corazon is angry. He s also very smart. But he s working pretty hard at being a juvenile delinquent. He blows off school, even though he s a secret reader. He hangs with his cousins, who will always back him up when they aren t in jail.
Then along comes Lupe, who makes his blood race. She sees something in Eddie he doesn t even see in himself. A heart, and a mind, and something more: a poet. But in Eddie s world, it s a thin line between tragedy and glory. And what goes down is entirely in Eddie s hands.
Gripping, thought-provoking, and hopeful, "Muchacho "is a rare and inspiring story about one teen s determination to fight his circumstances and shape his own destiny."