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Summer On Wheels by Gary Soto
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Oct 13, 11

bookshelves: fiction-youth

This is a classic road trip story, told on a scale younger readers can embrace. Two best friends from east L.A. set out on a bike trip to Santa Monica (or a similar beach town in L.A.), stopping on the way to visit family. On arriving at their destination, they are taken to a site where a mural is being painted, in the tradition popular in the Mexican and Mexican-American communities. On returning home, they invite all of the family for a backyard barbecue, and they encourage everyone to contribute to a mural on the side wall of the garage.

This is a great book for growing young readers. Those who find the road trip genre appealing can progress through a number of works by Mr. Soto, and may also enjoy Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico, or Ostrich Boys.
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