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The Jumping Tree (Laurel-Leaf Books) Mass Market Paperback – December 10, 2002
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Gr 5-9-A lively novel told through vignettes about growing up in Nuevo Pe-itas, TX. American-born Rey and his loving family maintain close ties with their Mexican relatives, who live "a stone's throw" away across the border, yet have very different opportunities. Rey's family, though poor, struggles and survives through their kind and honest efforts, religious beliefs, and hard work. Just entering adolescence, Rey yearns to be a man like his father, uncles, and older male cousins. The boys of the barrio play marbles and "king of the mountain," climb trees, and collect cigarette butts. The title comes from one of the boys' challenges: to jump from the upper branches of a mammoth mesquite to another without falling. Unfortunately, Rey is the youngest and his legs are short. Predictably, he falls, and he ends up with a broken wrist. The writing is engaging and accessible, with Spanish-language phrases and names smoothly integrated throughout. Loosely tied together, the chapters create a cohesive whole. Rey is an appealing protagonist who will speak to early adolescents. Salda-a draws extended family together and binds one boy's growth into manhood with real emotion and believable events.
Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
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Top Customer Reviews
The Jumping Tree is a book about a boy named Rey. He is a Mexican. When he was little, he had an earthquake in his home. His house got ruined and now half of his famaly moved to south texas to nuevo penitas and the other half to mexico about fifty miles away.
His family finds a home and these other bigger kids there start to bully him. But a kid named Chuy helps him. Now he must face the trubles of becoming a man. He has to decide to smoke or not to and is running from the cops and even goes to a funeral. This is an action packed book that I recommend to kids 9 years of age to 14 years of age .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun read. I read this with my granddaughter, I did not want this to end. I would love more books like this.Published 8 months ago by Cecilia Thoresen
This book was extremly goopd for me because it gives a message about how we should look on the things you have and not bePublished on March 7, 2006
This book was extremly goopd for me because it gives a message about how we should look on the things you have and not be trying to show off to other people that you can drink. Read morePublished on March 7, 2006
Rene Saldana's young adult novel, The Jumping Tree, is perfectly crafted to broaden your view of the youth of today. Read morePublished on May 3, 2002 by Kyle Mitchell