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Rooting for Rafael Rosales
by Kurtis Scaletta


Overview - Rafael has dreams. Every chance he gets he plays in the street games trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts, and--someday--play Major League Baseball. Maya has worries. The bees are dying all over the world, and the company her father works for is responsible, making products that harm the environment.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Rafael has dreams. Every chance he gets he plays in the street games trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts, and--someday--play Major League Baseball. Maya has worries. The bees are dying all over the world, and the company her father works for is responsible, making products that harm the environment. Follow Rafael and Maya in a story that shifts back and forth in time and place, from Rafael's neighborhood in the Dominican Republic to present-day Minnesota, where Maya and her sister are following Rafael's first year in the minor leagues. In their own ways, Maya and Rafael search for hope, face difficult choices, and learn a secret--the same secret--that forever changes how they see the world.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807567425
  • ISBN-10: 0807567426
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rafael Rosales is an 11-year-old aspiring baseball player from the Dominican Republic, whose dedication to the sport and dream of playing for an American team occupy his every moment. Nine years later, 12-year-old Maya, a passionate environmentalist, sees Rafael playing (badly) as a prospect for the Minnesota Twins and quickly declares him her favorite player. Shes drawn to the tenacious underdog, believing that, if he can succeed, anyone can. Bijou, a Dominican girl with connections to both Rafael and Maya, provides a thread that ties their stories together, through correspondence, allowing Maya to see her own privilege and better understand Rafaels roots. Moving between Rafaels childhood and Mayas present, Scaletta (The Winter of the Robots) weaves a powerful story of two children whose realities seem entirely dissimilar but, in truth, converge in significant ways, namely in their desire to excel and make a difference. The character of Rafael feels somewhat underdeveloped compared to that of Maya, but his persistence and work ethic make it easy to understand why she rallies behind him. Readers will, too. Ages 912. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Apr.)

 
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