Mexican WhiteBoy

by | Read by Henry Leyva

Published by Brilliance Audio

“[A] first-rate exploration of self-identity.” —School Library Journal

Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five-mile-an-hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it. Ball ends up so far out of the strike zone it’s laughable.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego, that close to the border, means everyone knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see—the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Set in the alleys and on the ball fields of San Diego County, Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

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AudioFile Review

Mexican WhiteBoy

Narrator Henry Leyva introduces listeners to Danny Lopez, a 16-year-old of mixed Anglo and Mexican heritage with a great fastball. Danny has remained with relatives instead of going with his mother and her new boyfriend to San Francisco. Leyva ably voices Danny's past difficulties with fitting into the prep school he has just left and his current desire to fit into his Mexican family, even though he is lighter skinned and doesn't speak Spanish. Leyva also provides voices for the many other characters, including Danny's best friend, Uno, who is also dealing with personal struggles. Leyva's ability to differentiate male and female voices, add Spanish accents, and let listeners know what the characters are feeling will have them empathizing with Danny's desire to look past his skin. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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