This is an adventurous, funny, inspirational story told by Victor Ortega, an Hispanic boy in a lower-income American neighborhood. Kids in any community can relate to his adventures and misadventures through growing pains of the middle years.
Beautifully illustrated, Victor's narrative keeps the story witty and vivid as his troubles pile up. When will his father return from Mexico? Why can't the bully just leave him alone? Can he do it on his own? Or can Victor--with the help of family and friends--find a way to Survive Being a Kid? Readers enjoy the book's humor and adventure, while sharing Victor's growth in faith and maturity.
This story shows Mexican American family life with warmth and respect. The author lived happily for a dozen years in a Mexican American neighborhood in Denver, Colorado and taught multicultural kids like Victor, his Black friend Akeem, Victor's new friend Isobel, and others. The book refreshingly avoids stereotypes, and talks up, not down, to kids. For parents, teachers, and librarians, the newSongPress.NET website for Victor Survives Being a Kid has a link to a free discussion and activity guide.
Will Victor survive as the new kid at school? Can he survive on the mountain at night? Do Victor and the bully survive the kidnapper? Will Victor survive being a kid?! There's only one way to find out...
LOVED the book from start to finish
I got this book for my nephew, but I read the first couple chapters myself, and it’s an excellent book! The challenges Victor faces are real challenges children face in school. Young people need books with a positive message along with a story line that will keep them reading. It is well written.
I am anxious to give this to my nephew and I’m going to get a copy for my friend’s son. I think it’s important to show young people that they will survive and thrive.
For any tween teen particularly those facing bullying or diversity or just want a good read.
Great book for middle schoolers and older. A little bit of adventure, romance and lots of fun. Touches on diversity, bullying, acceptance and faith. Enjoyed learning about Mexican food and folkloric dances and costumes!
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