By Greg Takoudes. Description Francisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. Greg lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
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Get Started. Learn More. School Library Journal Francisco, a promising high school student and talented basketball player, is sure he can rise above his limited options in Spanish Harlem when he is granted a scholarship to attend an elite, upstate boarding school.
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Pressure builds as he struggles to remain true to himself and his background in this strange new environment, and he finds that escap Francisco, a promising high school student and talented basketball player, is sure he can rise above his limited options in Spanish Harlem when he is granted a scholarship to attend an elite, upstate boarding school. The series of bad decisions that spirals into tragedy is revealed through multiple perspectives, including that of Francisco, his devoted girlfriend, Reignbow, and his troubled best friend, Vincent.
Complex issues such as friendship, loyalty, identity, and class disparity are explored in varying depth.
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The true star of the show is perhaps the setting: Spanish Harlem is painted vividly, with harshness and beauty intertwined. Purchase where urban fiction is popular. The first scene—in which a detective questions Reignbow about a murder involving her friend Vincent and ex-boyfriend, Francisco—is an effective flash-forward that will intrigue readers. Thought-provoking issues of class and race are woven into the story skillfully and are addressed with honesty and, at times, in surprising and fascinating depth.
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