The book Parrot in the Oven takes place in Frenso during the 1950 s or 1960 s.
It is a coming of age novel.
Manny Hernandez is quiet ,clever and thoughtful 14 year old boy. He has grown up with his alcoholic ,abusive father ,his hard working mother ,his lazy but-funny brother and his two sisters.
'Parrot in the Oven' takes us through Mannys change from a boy to a young man. It shows us his aspirations from earning enough money to get a baseball mitt to kissing a girl.
The theme of this book is about Manny Hernadez going from boy to young adult. manny goes on many trips. He goes from trying at school to joining the boxing team ,to picking chillies for a baseball mitt. He then tries joining a gang to kiss a girl. He's coming to the age where he is starting to like girls and want a girlfriend. In Mannys case he wants to kiss a girl
I think that anyone would enjoy this book as it is very well written with comedy, action, adventure and a hint of love
This book portrays life as most 14 year old boys as I can see myself in Mannys shoes. The book is catching and made me want to read on.
This is a look into the life a young boy named Manuel, not just 'mi vida', but the lives of everyone around him and how they affect him. Manuel lives in Spanish projects with his dysfunctional family. I was really delighted by this book. While it is somewhat depressing all around, focusing on the hard life of a young boy, it is funny as well. The events of Manuel's life are very well-written. The story is expertly told, and while it is just one part of one person's life, it seems very significant, as a view into the less-mentioned part of America. This is one of my favorite books, and it is certainly one to add to your collection. Rose, age 12 (we're not all that stupid)
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