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  Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston

Review by: Eduardo B.
North Carolina, Grade 6

The book is known as Any Small Goodness, and it is about a boy named Arturo that has Any Small Goodness. Well Arturo meets some people or helps some people in the barrio. Arturo finds or meets some friends in his classrooms. When he first moves to L.A., his teacher tries to change his name, but his abuelita, or grandmother, reminds him about his name that itís his culture and important to the family. So he keeps it. 4 weeks later Luis, Arturoís brother, makes a band called Mega Mango. They go to his school where there is a dance. They sang songs, then later a gang came inside and people were scared. Then there were linemen, and the gang was backing up, and Luis made fun of the gang. The gang leader said ďIím going to get youĒ. Arturo has to decide how to deal with the gang.

The theme of this book is If you canít find any goodness, then you can make it. I will tell you how this book was for me, it was good. It has decisions, and problems. And has friendship .

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