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The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña Jr.
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Dec 08, 2009

really liked it
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Read in December, 2009

Genre: Drama/Boxing/Betrayal/Gambling

I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in this book. The Whole Sky Full of stars tells of best friends Alby and Barry. Barry's father recently died, so Ably convinces Barry to fight in a boxing match for money. Alby has ulterior motives of his own and does not tell Barry. The cost of the match and the money may be more than both Alby and Barry realize. I thought Saldana told a very compelling story in a short number of pages. The characters were real, and I appreciated the contrasting personalities between Alby and Barry. Proving himself a very moralistic writer, Saldana succeeds in conveying themes of friendship, honesty, loyalty, and forgiveness. I think this novel would be an excellent short story to be taught in high schools because of its' strong characters, positive themes, and multicultural appeal. I'd recommend it to any reader over the age of 13.
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