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

Review by: Jennifer S.
North Carolina, Grade 6

I took a test on this book and it was about a boy who moved to L.A. His name was Arturo and in every chapter there is a person who makes a small goodness in his life or the barrio. For example, there is one chapter about Huitlacoche the cat. One day Arturo’s brother, Luis, made a band called “Mega Mango”. So they were playing and scared Huitla away , so they looked for the cat. There was a man named Leo love that he found the cat. He called the family that had found the cat and told them about the cat. They got the cat back. Another example is about “The Coach” that helps the kids in the barrio play basketball and there is a boy named Jose that steals stuff from the Coach. But the Coach doesn’t punish Jose. He practices ball and makes him study. There is also bad in the barrio, and that there is a gang that picks on Arturo and he has to decide to do the bad or the good.

I really like this book because it has small goodnesses.

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