Fighting for Dontae

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Holiday House, Incorporated, Feb 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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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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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

Javier is an at-risk kid, no doubt about it. His dad bounces in and out of jail and in and out of his life. His mom is absent a lot, trying to get her life on track and stay off drugs. Javier and his ... Read full review

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User Review  - NebraskaIcebergs - Goodreads

Mike Castan's heart is in the right place with Fighting for Dontae, which he dedicates from “one-at-risk student to another”. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it because of its stereotypes. First ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Mike Castan is a writer who has been an actor and a middle-grade substitute teacher.áHe is the author of The Price of Loyalty, which Booklist called a "stirring first novel."áHe lives in California.

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