The Librarian: The Boys From Little Mexico

Do you need a new book? I don't but I want one (I have 6 footie books right now that I have yet to read but my megalomania will not allow me to pass up even a paperback so I'll probably buy this one anyway). So let's read Amazon has to say about my future purchase:

Woodburn High’s Bulldogs, aka Los Perros, started their 2005 soccer season with eight undocumented students, a midfielder groomed to play for a pro Mexican team, a goalkeeper living in his third foster home, three boys who spoke almost no English, and an Irish-descended white coach desperate to lead all of them to success. Caught between a Mexico they barely remembered and an America they hardly knew, this band of brothers forged an unlikely family.

More than just riveting sports writing, this story is about the fight for the future of the next generation— and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gangbangers, told to "go home." They played through the slurs of "pickers" from sideline crowds in lily-white Oregon. Off the field, they struggled to stay academically eligible, in a country where just over half of all Hispanic boys graduate.

The Boys from Little Mexico follows one team’s quest for its twentieth-straight state playoff appearance and first state championship. Their wins and losses along the way weave a beautiful and fast-paced narrative of how raw talent, discipline, and passion sometimes aren’t enough to capture the American Dream


ericJ said...

Thanks for this, I am always on the lookout for a good soccer book. I am from Central Washington and most of our high school teams were all hispanic too!

Luke C said...

Wanted to point out another book that explores very similar territory to this one and is also engaging (though maybe you've already read it): A Home on the Field by Paul Cuadros. It's about high school boys (predominantly Mexican) in a small town in North Carolina and their use of soccer to establish an identity.

Amazon link
to the book is here .

SF said...

I really enjoyed to Caudros book. He did a really nice job of making the narrative about the stories of the individual players, not so much about the season or the results.

Alex said...

I'm always looking for good footie books. Thanks so much, SF.

By the way, would you mind letting me in on what the other 6 books are that you plan on reading? I don't want to miss anything!

Steve said...

I am the author of Boys From Little Mexico, and I hope that you do take a look at it. There are similarities to Cuadros's book, both are set in a small town that is rapidly being transformed due to Latino immigration. Unlike Home on the Field (a fine book), Boys explores how immigration has changed the town's school system, and how the boys struggle to achieve success at home, school, and on the pitch. Boys also focuses on two players and their relationships with a foster parent and the team's white coach. Hope you like it.--Steve Wilson

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