The narrator had the perfect hint of a Spanish accent when he was in character for the Tangerine Middles School kids and Luis, which made it believable to my Hispanic students.
Luis Cruz, he gives Paul something to think about, someone to respect and look up to. This is important for Paul, as he cannot look up to his brother and get no encouragement from his parents.
The end where Paul finds his voice and comes forward. This is something that he works towards throughout the entire story, but never quite get to, until the end of the story. He realizes that staying quiet will allow Erik to once again get away with doing something very bad, and because he respected Luis so much, he could not look the other way again.
Yes, but could not due to everyday life :) I did finish it within 3 or 4 days.
This was a great story for middle schoolers. The themes of bullying, racism, and parents who don't pay attention or look the other way, make it a viable story for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader. I highly recommend it. I read it with 2 reluctant readers, and they both bought into the book very early on and were anxious to get to the end.
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