Unformatted text preview: Leaving for school and leaving his parents and Ultima behind is difficult; Antonio feels as though he will never see them again. Impulsively he dashes down the pebbled goat path toward the bridge and, half-way across, is challenged to a race by a small, thin boy, called the Vitamin Kid. For a moment in the school yard, he feels lost in a sea of noisy children, but by noon, he has discovered with great pride that he can write his name. However, when Miss Maestas takes him to the front of the room and introduces him, speaking in English, the other children laugh. Antonio winces, feeling alone and alien. Later, the children laugh at the Mexican food that his mother prepared for his lunch. Behind the school building, Antonio finds a few other students who don't understand English, who feel like outcasts because they also are Mexican. In silence, they fight the loneliness that gnaws at their outcasts because they also are Mexican....
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- Fall '08
- Antonio, major turning point, traditional gender conflict, evil intensifies, laugh. Antonio winces, Miss Maestas