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This is one of multiple covers/editions with ISBN 9780440239383.

Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Pena's Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he's not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so
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Paperback, 249 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Ember (first published August 12th 2008)
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Yamil Martinez This book does have strong language and lots of sexual thematic words, but it is probably doesn't compare to what he/she hears and says at school.

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David Schaafsma
Mexican Whiteboy is a YA text written by Matt De la Peña, and I really liked this book a lot (and my friend Jenn suggested over my shoulder that I add, for veracitys sake, that he is, based on his picture, cute, which okay, he is, done). De la Peña is the author of picture book Last Stop on Market Street, that was winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book (Christian Robinson), so he knows his way around words. I heard De ...more
Christina
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Matt de la Peña book that I've ever read and I am happy to say that ALL of my expectations were met. I simply adored every single aspect of this book! From the moments of confusion to anger to sadness to happiness to humor. I just felt everything I could possibly feel for these characters and the lives they led.

Danny was who I thought I would be the most enamored with, and while I absolutely loved him and wanted to protect him from the world... there was another character who
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Meg
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sports
I just completely entirely really enjoyed this book. I was excited to read it and sad to put it down. I thought the dialogue was pitched perfectly. I thought the baseball was pitched perfectly. I thought the pitching was pitched perfectly.

Maybe my favorite thing about this was how even-handed it was about everything--race, class, baseball, identity, life. The little things. At no point does it feel like someone accidentally dropped a freshman year paper about equality into the narrative. At no
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Ashley
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the author of _Ball Don't Lie_ comes another excellent book that nails baseball but is about much more.

Danny is wicked gifted when it comes to baseball--he can knock baseballs out of the park, and his pitching maxes out the meter at the local fair even when he was smashed. But he couldn't throw anything but wild pitches the tryouts at his prep school, and not even he can understand why.

His number one theory, though, is that things would be different if his dad were still around. Not just
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Carlos Gastelum
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
Pena, M. (2008) Mexican white boy. New York: Delacorte.

Mexican White Boy is a multicultural book that portrays the life of a Hispanic/American boy named Danny who finds himself trying to figure out his own self-identity. Amongst white boys he is considered Mexican while among his own family he feels white because he can barely speak in Spanish. In the story Danny leans towards his passion for baseball as a way to help him escape the barrio (neighborhood), in which he lives in. Danny, gives voice
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Angela Cuéllar
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pooled ink Reviews:

Mexican Whiteboy is a gripping story about finding oneself, baseball, and friendship. Moments will make you laugh, make your heart ache, make you sit on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to that fastball, and make you stop and think as it delves into themes deeper than you mightve been prepared to go. Captivating and emotional it opens the door to a conversation so many of us secretly wrestle with but hardly anyone ever considers.

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Rose
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena is about two boys named Uno and Danny, the book focuses on their friendship and baseball. To be honest I did not like the book very much, I started reading it and had no interest in it. But as I got further into the book it did get a bit better. I feel that it was a hard story to follow and the baseball parts were a little bit too detailed. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes baseball.
Cristina
In Mexican WhiteBoy, Matt de la Peña tells the story of Danny Lopez, a half-Mexican half-White 16 year-old with a crazy fastball, but lacking the confidence to show his skills. At the start of the summer, Dannys mom and sister have gone to live with his moms new boyfriend in his fancy condo in San Francisco, but Danny chooses to stay at his uncle and aunts place in National City, CAa place where his polo shirts, cargo shorts, and slip-on Vans dont quite fit in with the neighborhood kids pro ...more
Lauren
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This sat on my bookshelf for several months until I picked it up earlier this week. Do I not like orange dustjackets? Was I unconsciously wary of there being too many baseball-related plot points? I don't know -- I'm just sorry it took me so long to read it. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, loved the economy of the language, and even thought the baseball stuff was totally and completely interesting. I liked how De la Peña drops the reader into the middle of the action, both in the ...more
Anna
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
I honestly can't put into words just how much I liked and connected with this novel. It's a very well written, engaging story about identity and what it means to be "half-something" in America. The main character, Danny, is a 17-year-old half-Mexican, half-white aspiring baseball player who spends the summer with his dad's side of the family, trying to figure out who he is. But the story isn't just about Danny. It's way deeper than just one single storyline. Danny becomes friends with Uno, a ...more
Jacob Devlin
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short, simple book caught my eye at my favorite used bookstore in Tucson. I'd never heard of it before, and I'd never read a story by Matt de la Pena, but I think it was the title that really grabbed me because honestly, it was relatable.

This is a different kind of book than what I usually read. It's not really "about" one thing in particular, and it's not the kind of book that has a ton of things happening or an intricate plot. But it does give you a lot to think about and characters that
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Phil Jensen
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was an act of defiance. It is a very good book about the mixed-race experience and male bonding that I could never get away with putting in my classroom. The main character drinks alcohol, gets a contact high, and gets into fistfights. This should be okay for at least some eighth graders, but my curriculum director loves banning books, and she would ax this one in a heartbeat.

I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed imagining that I worked at a school that would allow it.
Vamos a Leer
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that I didnt like the first time I read it, but I loved the second time through. In all honesty, my first impression may be due more to secondary factors influencing my experience than the book itself. Since I always read everything at least twice before writing a guide, I thought Id listen to the audio version of the book the first time through while driving back from Tucson. The audio version does not do de la Peñas writing justice. I only made it through about 40 ...more
Diamond Vaughn
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my English Literature class. We had choice books to read. I had chosen Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena. When i first seen the cover it had caught my eye.

Danny a son of an American mother and a Hispanic father. 16 year old Danny Lopez,the smart semi-Mexican kid. Dannys father left three years earlier.later finding out that he was actually sent to prison for beating a man. Danny has to spend the summer with his father side of the family in National City. Who mainly speaks Hispanic. He
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Melissa Aguirre
I truly enjoyed this book because the characters and their situations were very 'real world'. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job of creating each character and intertwining their relationships. In particular, the friendship that evolved between Uno and Danny - it was very touching. While they had things in common (broken families, lack of money, big dreams), it was obvious their lives were headed into different directions. However, their friendship and the memories they made together ...more
Debbie
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this young adult novel about friendships, family and identity. My favorite characters were Danny and Uno. I loved how their friendship evolved and bloomed. Peña is a talented author and I can see why his books win award after award. I look forward to reading more of his work (I absolutely loved The Last Stop on Market Street).
Mrs. Owens
A very enjoyable and hopeful read about the complex family relationships we sometimes have. The story alternates between two teenage boys: Danny (half white, half Mexican) and Uno (half Mexican, half black) united by difficult circumstances, a search for their own identities and a path to success, and baseball. Both of the boys' struggles are presented in realistic and engaging ways.
Jacqueline Gurliaccio
Incredible novel with themes of Race identity, race relations, family dynamics, PTSD, economic struggles, anger & violence, and finally hope on learning how to grow & survive. These are issues teens are dealing with and can relate to. This is a great and quick read.
Gail
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most powerful books I've read that addresses toxic masculinity honestly and yet poetically. Some of the males in this book behave so badly, I don't think anyone under 13 should read it. Seriously. There is graphic violence vividly described in this book, one scene so intense I winced in pain myself and had to put down the book for a little break. But the violence is not gratuitous. It's there as the backdrop against which the male characters trying to behave humanely act. ...more
Melissa Mejia
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena is a fictional book that takes us on the development of the two main protagonist, Danny and Uno. The narration is in third person and the chapters are organized differently than your average book. Each chapter is not recognized with a number but instead with a title of one of the protagonist life or events involving them. This makes the book more interesting to read and gives the reader a sneak peak into what the chapter will be about. Being able to know this ...more
Jake Sicard
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena is about a half mexican and half white boy named Danny who hasn't belonged in either the mexican or white population due to racist views.This will also follow a mexican boy named uno who is trying to live with his fathers family.
This book has a strong sense of mature content which gives a more realistic look on the lives of the characters.Danny isn't connected with his mexican family and tries to fit in but isn't rejected by the family.His father left him
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Magdelanye
While the exploration of teen awkwardness and angst is timeless, this outsider didnt really draw me in.
Of course I empathised like crazy with Danny and Uno and I did enjoy the saucy camaraderie of our girls yet in the end it just didnt hang together for me.

somehow i feel obliged to add that this book suffered from being read alongside a two masterpieces and and a Murakami collection of short stories.
Allison
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book. At first, I had a little bit of trouble understanding what was going on because the book would go back and forth. But other than that it was really good. I liked how at first the author had Danny and Uno be enemies, but then they became very best friends.
Ethan Fowler
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great way to show his identity all throughout and i think that the author hit it spot on . This was one of the best books i have read in a while
Zeke Perez
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The type of YA story I wish I had when I was growing up. It does a good job of addressing how it can feel to come of age as a Mexican-American in different settings. I did feel like the story rushed to advance the plot at times, but I think most storylines were wrapped up fairly nicely by the end.
Naomi
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story and theme of this book. However, I did not like the way it was written. It was a bit confusing how it was written in present tense and Danny would remember things that happened before, and it was hard to tell what was going on in the moment and in his memory. Also, there was a lot of slang I didnt understand when some of the characters spoke. Another thing was that I dont know much about baseball, so that limited how much I could enjoy the story. It wasnt really the type of ...more
Howie M
I chose this book because I read a tiny bit of it and noticed it was revolving around a kid who loves baseball, and I like baseball so I decided to read it.

This is a book about a boy named Danny lopez. He had moved to a suburban town outside of San Diego because his parents separated. He had moved in with his cousin, Sofia. It was obvious he did not fit in with everyone else as soon as they got there. Everyone was wearing mexican style clothing and talking in spanish, while Danny didn't know
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Marielle Koladzyn
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9th-grade
These lyrics by Eminem really remind me of this book because Eminem's fear was rapping in front of others for a really long time [ if you watched 8 mile , you would understand ] but when he was alone he was super good and that's basically the same thing with Danny he can pitch really really well when he's alone but when he's around others he loses his control.

(Intro)
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let
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Raven Palmerie
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mexican Whiteboy, by Matt de la Pena, is about a teenage boy named Danny who is struggling to find his identity within two cultures: Mexican and white Americanas the title suggests. The most interesting aspect of this novel is that the author seems to be portraying a stereotypical community of Mexican young adults; however, take away the Spanish slang and the novel could illustrate any group of teenagers. The theme of finding oneself among two different cultures is an issue rarely written about ...more
Lovely Collier
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is pretty good. Its about a 16 year old boy named Danny and he is half Mexican and half white. His father is Mexican and his mother is white. His dad left him when he was little and Danny thinks its because he was tired of being around so many white people. Before his dad left he told Danny that he did something crazy and a lot of stuff was going to change because of it.
Danny is kind of insecure and shy. When he is nervous he digs his fingernails in to his wrist. Sometimes he
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Matt de la Peña is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery-medal-winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and ...more

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