Fighting for Dontae
When Mexican American seventh-grader Javier is assigned to work with a special education class and connects with Dontae, who has both physical and mental disabilities, his reputation among gang members and drug abusers no longer seems very important.
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Incarceration; Physical disability; Developmental disability; Addiction; father in prision; deaf; blind; developmentally disabled children; drug addiction
mother and father
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 2012, Best Book, Language Arts 7-12 Novels
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013 Adventure and Mystery
drugs; gangs; friendship; middle school; special education class; service project; cursing
Castan, Mike, "Fighting for Dontae" (2012). Diverse Families. 1636.