by Kay Haugaard
Having no place to play in their run-down inner city neighborhood, twelve-year-old Arturo and the other children in his sixth-grade class decide to turn a vacant lot into a playground. At first even Arturo thinks his idea might be stupid. His brother and the other gang members in Los Vatos Locos make fun of him and some of the school officials are very skeptical. But, with...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Milkweed Editions
(first published January 6th 1999)
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Kay Haugaard’s No Place tells the story of Arturo Morales, a Hispanic American boy, who attends an inner city Los Angeles school. His sixth grade class accepts the challenge of improving their neighborhood by transforming a vacant lot used as a local junkyard into a park for younger children. This fictionalized account of a true event tells how a class of sixth graders organized, advocated, earned money, and inspired others to donate to their cause to turn a dumping ground into a safe, green spa...more
The book "No Place" is about this boy named Arturo who was brought up in a bad neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. With gang member and drug dealers lurking his neighorhood, Arturo wishes he become a member of a gang called "Los Vatos" inspired by his brother Fransico. However, with only 6 months before graduating, Arturo and his class must earn 50,000 dollars to build a park for children of all ages. In this story, it shows how hard work and determination can really pay off and it could re...more
Arturo Morales lives in a neighborhood with no fun or any place for any children to play. Only a gang “Los Vatos Locos”- where’s Arturo’s brother spent most of his day with. Arturo wants to follow his brother steps, because he has no one else to look up to. Everyone in this neighborhood joins this gang, or just get marry and start a family. No one in this neighborhood finishes high school or go to college. One day in school, Arturo had an idea to make the junkyard into a playground for everyone...more
No Place an excellent book in which a Mexican child named Arturo Morales struggles to build his identity in a neighborhood where children look forward to growing up and joining gangs instead of going to college. Even Arturo has the dream to join the Los Vatos Locos which are a gang of his street and in which he thinks people are sworn to protect each other and be like brothers for the rest of their life. This idea out of any other appeals to him and that is why he gets jealous and slightly proud...more
This is going to sound racist...and maybe I am wrong, because I do not know the author personally....but the book read like a white, middle class woman writing about what she thinks would happen in an ideal society. All topics were superficial (no depth) and everything ran perfectly/smoothly. A sixth grade class decides to turn an abandoned lot into a park for small children....and they manage to buy the property ($59K) and build a park ($20k for the playground). Meanwhile the main character's o...more
I thought it really took a good amount of strength for Arturo not to give up on the buliding project for the park. He really showed how dedicated he was to the cause.Even though his family e.g his brother and father didn't support him, he pulled through and showed that he made the park possible in his neighborhood.