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Random House (Delacorte Press)



Twelve-year-old Chula Sanchez isn’t thin, isn’t beautiful, and because she’s Mexican, isn’t popular in her south Texas town. And now that a car accident has left her father paralyzed and her plagued with seizures, she is poor. But Chula’s father is determined to pull his family out of debt. He sends for El Jefe—the most revered prizefighter in Mexico. Chula’s father hopes that with steel-pipe arms and fists like pit bulls, El Jefe will win the local illegal boxing matches and bring home much-needed money. But El Jefe—a man who many see as a monster—only brings confusion to a home that is already filled with problems. And now Chula must decide for herself whether good and bad can reside in one person and whether you can have strength in your heart when your fists have none.

Why This Book Rocks!

  • Winner of the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award
  • Mexican American
  • Female Protagonist
  • Issues of family, race, self-image, epilepsy, facing fears, finding one’s inner strength

Elizabeth Bird’s Review




Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award
Flaming Net Winner
National Council For The Social Studies Notable Book
Delacorte Dell Yearling Award
New York Public Library List for the Teenager


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