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Annotation: When their mother is called to Iraq with her National Guard Unit, 17-year-old Mario Barajas and his 10-year-old brother, Eddie, move in with their Aunt Carmen. Eddie, hungry for the love of a father, happily soaks up the attention their aunt's boyfriend, Denton, freely gives. Mario is caught up with a girlfriend who is his first love, with high school soccer, and with work. He barely notices as his little brother becomes more and more withdrawn. Then, returning home earlier than expected one evening, he walks in on the terrible secret. Mario must take desperate measures to protect Eddie.
Catalog Number: #6065090
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 235 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-929777-07-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-929777-07-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008933535
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Single mom Maria Barajas and her sons, 17-year-old Mario and 9-year-old Eddie, are an extremely close and functional family. To supplement her income, Maria joined the National Guard d now she's being sent to Iraq. The boys go to live with Maria's sister Carmen, who is fussy and not especially loving and whose boyfriend, Denton, has an unhealthy interest in Eddie. When Mario walks in on Denton abusing Eddie, he tries to get help. Faced with the prospect of being separated from each other, the brothers seek refuge with relatives in Northern California. As always, Reynolds excels in portraying teens' actions, dialogue, and feelings. Her compassion and empathy for youths in tough circumstances and her straightforward writing style create a moving tone that is never cloying. Teens who have been abused or have witnessed the abuse of a younger sibling will find support and understanding here. While the book seems aimed at reluctant readers, all teens can find something to identify with or learn from in this cathartic and ultimately hopeful tale of recovery from sexual abuse.
Horn Book
After his mother is deployed to Iraq, teenager Mario discovers his nine-year-old brother is being molested. Mario's attempts to protect him are misunderstood, and gradually Mario loses his girlfriend, childhood buddy, and place on the soccer team. This admirable treatment of the insidious damage pedophilia inflicts on both direct and indirect victims helps mask prose that is too often dry and amateurish.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up For high school senior Mario Barajas and his nine-year-old brother, Eddie, the trouble begins when their mother's National Guard unit is shipped off to Iraq, and Aunt Carmen becomes their guardian. Although she tolerates Eddie, she is controlling and punitive toward Mario. But far worse happens when Carmen's charming and manipulative boyfriend takes a special interest in Eddie. At first Mario misses Eddie's growing seriousness, fears, and nightmares. But when he comes home early and walks in on Denton forcing Eddie to perform oral sex on him, all the pieces fall into place and Mario's protectiveness kicks in. His struggles to protect his brother, to be understood at school, and to be believed are gripping and realistic. Sexual victimization of boys is all too common, but rarely portrayed in fiction. Here it is treated with a directness and honesty that are refreshing. Far more than a "problem novel," this story is built on strong characters and a well-developed plot. Mario is a believable hero, a member of a unique and complicated family. The suspense builds as he must take big risks and suffer personal losses to keep his brother safe. Written with a keen understanding of teens and a remarkable awareness of sexual-abuse dynamics, this wise novel is an important addition for any collection serving teens. Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 7-12

When their mother is called to Iraq with her National Guard Unit, 17-year-old Mario Barajas and his 10-year-old brother, Eddie, move in with their Aunt Carmen. Eddie, hungry for the love of a father, happily soaks up the attention their aunt's boyfriend, Denton, freely gives. Mario is caught up with a girlfriend who is his first love, with high school soccer, and with work. He barely notices as his little brother becomes more and more withdrawn. Then, returning home earlier than expected one evening, he walks in on the terrible secret. Mario must take desperate measures to protect Eddie. This is a gripping tale of trust, betrayal, and secrets that should never be kept. Above all, this is the story of the bond of love between two brothers.


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