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Secret Saturdays Hardcover – April 15, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I am an adult! Maldonado gets into the heart and mind of our youth today; especially our black and brown boys. Secret Saturday's is gripping, dynamic and stunningly real in describing the life in an inner city neighborhood projects, family and going to school.
Justin and Sean reveal to the reader just what is in the mind and heart of a boy of color: How these boys DO listen to their parents, DO want stability in their lives and DO cherish friendships. Maldonado does an excellent job in keeping the descriptions of the settings in the story so real - it is very evident that Maldonado lived in the very same community he is writing about.
Secret Saturday's reveals the inner struggle of our boys of color from school, home, relationships and themselves. This book is near to my heart as Maldonado poignantly delivers a very clear message: our black and brown boys want BOTH parents at home! NO EXCECTPIONS!
I strongly suggest this book to our young brown and black boys as required reading, to open up dialogue and feelings. This story has no profanity - which proves that a wonderful, dynamic message can be delivered without the use of vulgar language or sex! Rap is used here and relays an old but forgotten message; there is a story in Rap that does NOT revolve around sex and drugs! Well Done! This book goes on my personal book shelf as well as my preferred reading list for single mothers of color! Please hurry up and write the next one!
Torrey Maldonado has crafted characters that are right on target. By this I mean they are very believable. As a teacher I see similar behavior all the time. I've never taught in the type of school Maldonado has created for his characters. I know they exist in larger areas around me. I believe this is a book that should be in every school. We have a bully program and I will be recommending it to those in charge of the program. I am going to promote this book to all of my fellow teachers and my students. This is one that must be read. It has a message that is so important to our youth today.
Justin finds out near the middle of the book that Sean has been going to see his dad in Puerto Rico a lot lately. Turns out Sean's dad is in prison for who knows what. Justin figures out the reason why Sean is being defensive. Kids are picking on Sean for not living or some kids think Sean doesn't have a father. No one would like their father in jail in Puerto Rico. Justin finally realizes that he has to stand up for Sean. The theme of this story is to always stick up for someone.
I like this book because it can relate to the fights teenagers have now a days. It also can relate to the real world and how people are still racist and people still have to deal with racial issues. I believe the author, Maldonado was trying to tell people to try to stop the racial comments. I would recommend this book to upper levels in Middle school and all levels in High school. It has violence and some language that might not be recommended to kids under 12.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read and I love Torrey he came to the college and then to my daughter's school. Awesome authorPublished 3 months ago by C. and S. Johnson
I chose this rating because it is very interesting. This book really thought about how I should treat my friends all that.😂😂😂😘😘😘Published 16 months ago by Mamady kaba
This book will appeal to middle school students, especially those who are wondering what their place is in a world that seems confusing or unfair. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by nancy lobell
The beginning and mid way through the story were the serious and exciting parts and was that climax good! But the ending was a bit disappointing I didn't expect anything like that.Published on June 11, 2013 by L. J. Burton
Friendship can be tricky. BFF has certain conditions that it sometimes takes a lifetime to understand. Being there for a friend seems simple - until it's not. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by TeensReadToo
From page one of Torrey Maldonado's Secret Saturdays, the author grips the reader with the almost audible voices of the protagonist and his friends, creating a crystal clear... Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond