Fighting for Dontae

Title

Fighting for Dontae

Authors

Mike Castan

Publisher

Holiday House

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780823423484

Pages

150 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

750L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Incarceration; Physical disability; Developmental disability; Addiction; father in prision; deaf; blind; developmentally disabled children; drug addiction

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican American

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

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

Keywords

drugs; gangs; friendship; middle school; special education class; service project; cursing

Diversity Impact

direct

Fighting for Dontae

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