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The Resource He forgot to say good-bye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

He forgot to say good-bye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Label
He forgot to say good-bye
Title
He forgot to say good-bye
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Two teenaged boys with very different lives find that they share a common bond--fathers they have never met who left when they were small boys--and in spite of their differences, they become close when they each need someone who understands
Award
Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2009.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Setting this wise and trenchant coming-of-age story in El Paso, Tex., Sáenz (Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood ) alternates between two teenage narrators from very different backgrounds who nonetheless share the same disfiguring pain—their fathers walked out on them years ago. Soft-spoken Ramiro Lopez is the responsible son of a hardworking single mother, a role that intensifies when his bitter younger brother overdoses on heroin; Ram's high school is next door to that of combative Jake Upthegrove, who's disgusted with his mother and stepfather's shallow, materialistic values. As the characters endure traumatic events (Jake catches his stepfather in an affair; the overdose leaves Ram's brother brain-dead), the author shows them developing redemptive friendships—all the while preserving their highly individuated voices. The protagonists and their friends seem so real and earn the audience's loyalty so legitimately that it will be hard for readers to part from them. Ages 12–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 16, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 24, p49)
  • Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove, teenage residents of El Paso, Texas, voice their anguish at growing up without their biological fathers. By default, Ramiro assumes the head-of-the-house role while mentoring his drug-addicted younger brother. Jake erupts with sarcasm and anger due to the tension and frustration of being without adult male guidance, placing him in constant conflict with his needy mother. Contrasting the two lives—Ramiro's in the barrio and Jake's among the upper-middle-class—the narrative reveals the challenges both boys face while growing into manhood. Their first-person accounts alternate, a style that makes the prose read like an oral testimony or a confession. There are poignant moments throughout the story, but dated slang will alienate teen readers: Jake repeatedly says, "Can you dig it," and "It destroyed me." Many conflicts and plot tangents clutter the boys' narratives, causing the work to ramble on far too long to maintain teen interest. Still, this is one of the few young-adult novels offering a realistic portrayal of life along the southern border. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
267220
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL480L
  • Decoding demand: 95 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 76 (high)
  • Structure demand: 84 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fathers
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Mexican Americans
  • Fathers
  • Emotional problems
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Family problems
  • Mexican Americans
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Fathers
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Mexican Americans
  • El Paso (Tex.)
  • El Paso (Tex.)
  • Texas
Target audience
adolescent
Label
He forgot to say good-bye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
671391
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781416949633
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007021959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416949633
  • (OCoLC)147959541
Label
He forgot to say good-bye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
671391
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781416949633
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007021959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416949633
  • (OCoLC)147959541

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