Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida is by Victor Martinez. The story of a young Latino boy coming of age in a poor family in California. Martinez clearly and movingly portrays the struggle with poverty, alcohol, drug abuse, and gangs faced by so many Latino youth. A short, but moving, tale of the desire to grow up and better your circumstances and how hard that can be to do.
Ratings: 9th grade - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC ( some mature thematic content).