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Fighting for Dontae
by Mike Castan

Trade Binding | 144 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823423484 | 03-01-2012

Grade: SEVENTH | Age: 11 up

Themes: Morals & Values in Conflict, Peer Pressure, Acceptance & Belonging, Making Choices, Contemporary Issues/Social Problems, Disabilities & Illness
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ, LMC

About the Book
Javier's life is going nowhere fast. He hates seventh grade, his pop is locked up, and his mom can't even afford to buy him shoes. At least she's sober . . . for now.

Javier and his friends are in a gang, but he doesn't even know why he joined the Playaz in the first place, since hanging with them is like asking for trouble from the cops. When he is assigned to work with the special education class, Javier thinks that the one thing he had going for him in middle school-his social life-is over. Little by little, though, Javier realizes that he actually enjoys reading to Dontae, a severely disabled boy his age. When everything else around him is falling apart, working with Dontae becomes the one thing worth fighting for.

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

"A solid choice, especially for reluctant readers."—School Library Journal

"Reluctant teen readers will identify with Javier's efforts to negotiate a world with few positive options."—Kirkus Reviews

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FIGHTING FOR DONTAE
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