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Chico Boy: A Novel by [Gina Hooten Popp]

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Length: 210 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


"This coming-of-age mystery, set in a rural East Texas community in the 1970s, centers on 14-year-old Chico Boy, who was given the nickname by his grandfather because of his mixed Mexican and American heritage (Chico himself chafes at the redundancy of the nickname). Handsome and well liked, but struggling in school, Chico is grappling with the recent departure of his father and his mother's inability to afford basic necessities. When he and his best friend and potential girlfriend, 12-year-old Talula, witness a shooting, even being sent to a subsidized church camp may not guarantee their safety. The circumstances of the crime are convoluted (it involves the victim's work developing a fortified formula of animal feed), and despite a kidnapping and threats of real danger, the stakes never climb very high. Overall, the mystery comes across as secondary to the interpersonal tensions and emotions that Popp explores. Even secondary characters gain dimension through the novels quiet but immediate dialogue, but the story's strength lies in the tender and tentative romance that develops between Chico Boy and Talula." 
- Publishers Weekly

"CHICO BOY is an excellent middle grade novel featuring a brave, 14 year-old, half Mexican boy who is struggling with an absent father and living in poverty.  A shooting, two kidnappings and a mystery that is solved in a clear, logical way makes for a compelling story that will appeal both to boys and girls."
- 2017 IndieReader Discovery Awards

"CHICO BOY is a captivating read, particularly for YA readers looking for an adventure story from a not-so-distant past." 
- IndieReader Review/Anita Lock

About the Author

A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut novel THE STORM AFTER is a 2014 RONE Awards Finalist. Before publication, THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in The Linda Howard Award of Excellence for Unpublished Writers Contest and the Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Contest. Visit Gina at Or follow her on Twitter @Gina_Popp. Or Facebook @ginahootenpoppauthor. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : October 13, 2016
  • File Size : 1106 KB
  • Publisher : GHP Books; 1st edition (October 13, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 210 pages
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

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