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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louanne Johnson Narrator: Ozzie Rodriguez Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739385982
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An inspiring YA debut from the author of Dangerous Minds.Eddie Corazon is angry. He’s also very smart. But he’s working pretty hard at being a juvenile delinquent. He blows off school, even though he’s a secret reader. He hangs with his cousins, who will always back him up—when they aren’t in jail.

Then along comes Lupe, who makes his blood race. She sees something in Eddie he doesn’t even see in himself. A heart, and a mind, and something more: a poet. But in Eddie’s world, it’s a thin line between tragedy and glory. And what goes down is entirely in Eddie’s hands. 

Gripping, thought-provoking, and hopeful, Muchacho is a rare and inspiring story about one teen’s determination to fight his circumstances and shape his own destiny.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/8/2014

    " I really loved this book - thanks, Terri for the recommendation! While the book is short, it is not shallow. Eddie, the main character, is fabulous, with a sharp mind and lovely heart. The plot is never shocking, but moves along nicely. I'm especially happy to read this because it will be a great book to recommend to reluctant, male, Latino readers. I don't read enough books with Latino main characters. Also, I have to confess I got a little teary-eyed reading Eddie's final poem Veinte-Veinte Vision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this book. Young Eddie is in alternative school,but he knows that he wants to become something. He's a "secret reader!!" When he meets his new girlfriend who wants something better for her life, Eddie is determined more to make something of himself. His feelings about alternative school, teachers, and being Hispanic are funny and poignant at once. A really good read for a reluctant young male reader and for any of those "secret readers" that come into your library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara Hornstrom | 12/30/2013

    " This was the first book I was able to download from the public library onto my iPad for free. It was a "test" for me to see if I could do it. I think this is a "young adult" book. Inspiring book about teachers and a boy in an alternative school. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/27/2013

    " Interesting characters but a little too messagey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Hovanec | 12/27/2013

    " AMAZING! Listen to the audiobook...it'll break your heart in the best possible way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RENE^_^ | 12/21/2013

    " Didnt really read this book got me bored i though it was going to be a good a good book in my opinion i didnt like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Leonard | 12/17/2013

    " I like the author's own account more than this fictional one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nona | 12/8/2013

    " Eddie Corazon, a secret reader and poet, lives in a drug infested neighborhood, attends an alternative high school for teens that have had incidents in other schools or with the law. He is a delinquent-in-training until he falls for a girl that motivates him to rethink his life and his choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adela | 11/20/2013

    " Loved seeing the world through this narrator's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/29/2013

    " In many ways, this narrator reminded me of a number of my students. He's a secret underground reader, who wants to make positive changes in his life. I like the tone and voice of the narrator along with his relationships with the other characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Words Alive | 5/16/2013

    " This is a easy, quick read that our students relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 3/24/2013

    " Although this isn't really my type of book, it is perfect for its target audience and I would easily recommend it to a student. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mala | 3/15/2013

    " Muchacho lent me insight into the perspective on life of a young New Mexican teen who carries great intentions, a troubled disciplinary record, and a secret love for reading. I love the character development in this YA novel as well as LouAnne Johnson's motives for writing this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Adams | 9/30/2011

    " I like the "message" of the book but it sometimes drags. The main character learns he can be who he wants to be with some effort and that it is okay to take himself, school, his relationship with his girlfriend, etc. seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/18/2011

    " Read for YA SLIS course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/31/2011

    " I like the "message" of the book but it sometimes drags. The main character learns he can be who he wants to be with some effort and that it is okay to take himself, school, his relationship with his girlfriend, etc. seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree' | 1/21/2011

    " everybody said that this book was very horrible but to me it was great if you really pretend to put yourself into the characters position! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RENE^_^ | 1/7/2011

    " Didnt really read this book got me bored i though it was going to be a good a good book in my opinion i didnt like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adela | 12/7/2010

    " Loved seeing the world through this narrator's eyes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adileni | 11/2/2010

    " Dhis is One of Dhe Most Borinq Books ive Read in My Life ;..// Dhis Foo Actually Thinks He qot a Rouqh Life? What Dhe Fudqe ive qone Throuqh More Dhan Dhis Foo ;..// Dhe Books Sucked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/22/2010

    " MUCHACHO was a good book. It was about a kid with a big tough act because that is how you survive in his town in his world. But behind it all he is a kinda sensitive cares what other people think and a secret poetry reading writer/reader. Not a bad read at all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/31/2010

    " AMAZING! Listen to the audiobook...it'll break your heart in the best possible way. "

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About the Narrator

Ozzie Rodriguez is a narrator, voice artist, and actor of film, television, and the stage, performing in many independent features, such as My Life: Untitled, Escape from South LA, and his co-produced, self-written project Elevator