Trino’s Choice


by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

ISBN: 978-1-55885-268-6
Publication Date: May 31, 1999
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 128
Ages: 11 and up

Selected for inclusion in the Houston Area Independent School Library Network Recommended Reading List for 2000.

Named “Best Book of the Year” in the Young Adult Category by ForeWord Magazine; Recipient, 2001 Austin Writer’s League’s Teddy Award for Best Children’s Book; Finalist, 2001 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award; Named Best Young Adult Fiction by the Latino Literary Hall of Fame; Named to the Texas Library Association’s 2000-2001 Lone Star Reading List

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Seventh-grader Trino Olivares likes video games a lot more than he likes books. In fact, he doesn’t have much use for most “school types.” But when Rosca, an older teen with a vicious streak, invites Trino to start hanging out with his crowd—and maybe make some quick money, too—the younger boy doesn’t know what to think. Trino’s angry that he and his younger stepbrothers are barely getting by, even though their mother works two jobs. And he’d do anything to make an impression on Lisana, a smart neighborhood girl who happens to be one of those “school types.” With little help from any adults, it’s up to Trino to decide which choices will impress his friends—and which choices are the best for Trino.

Popular young-adult author Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Sweet Fifteen) has crafted in Trino’s Choice a dramatic story about the difficult problems that children today face—often with little guidance—and the sometimes deadly consequences that can result.