Ponga Boy is the story of a young Mexican boy s journey from small town fisherman to college soccer megastar. Pichu Castillian, alias Ponga Boy, grew up in an impoverished fishing village at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Pichu is the heart and soul of the dock, a local legend who works the bait fishing boats, or pongas, with his father, and amazes locals and tourists alike with his feats of athleticism. One day he attracts the attention of two American collegiate soccer coaches. After witnessing Pichu s abilities, they offer him the opportunity of a lifetime a tryout with the University of San Francisco soccer team and a full scholarship. Pichu embarks on a journey that goes beyond soccer as he enters a world that challenges everything he s ever known and leads him to confront who he is and what he really wants in life.
Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Epic Press LLC (July 19, 2009)
Philip Reed s first novel, Bird Dog, earned him Edgar and Anthony award nominations. He currently test drives cars and writes features for an on-line automobile site.
Phil Lebherz founded his own company, LISI Inc., based in San Mateo, CA. He has also created the non-profit Foundation for Health Coverage Education to provide health care for people without insurance.
Young boys will really get a kick out of this story about Pichu, a boy from Mexico who is amazing at soccer.
Parents will enjoy the book for the lessons it tries to teach kids reading it. It references bullying and perseverance, which are great and valuable things to teach kids.
A really fun story too!
Recommend? To boys ages 10-13.
~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~