Mexican WhiteBoy

by Matt de la Peña

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What type of work did Danny undertake in Mexican WhiteBoy?

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I believe that you are asking what the main character, Danny Lopez, does for work. In this story, Danny is dealing with living as a Latin American in the United States. His mother is white, while his father is Mexican; however, his father left him, and he feels disconnected from this side of his family. One summer, Danny travels to National City, Mexico to visit with his father's family. Here, he meets a friend, Umo, and the two boys do odd jobs throughout the summer in order to earn money, including yard work and labor. Keep in mind that Danny, as a sixteen-year-old, does not have a regular job, but he connects with his Mexican culture and becomes crafty in order to earn extra money. This directly contrasts with his experience in the US, where he lives in a wealthy community.

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