When Hector's mother suggests that he and his amigo, Mando, get out of East LA for the weekend and see some of the world, he's thinking Paris. So he's a little disappointed when they end up in Fresno, sleeping on a lumpy couch in his Uncle Julio's messy apartment. Hector figures it's going to be one boring weekend. He couldn't be more wrong. Between flying in a rickety old plane, spotting an armored car heist, and warding off the bumbling thieves who did it, this could be the craziest-and scariest-weekend ever.
by Gary Soto
by Gary Paulsen
"Hector and Mando visit Hector's Uncle Julio for a change of pace and for the experience of seeing a little of the world beyond East LA. Narrator Anthony Perez is terrific as he captures the fun-loving but sometimes bickering boys, as well as Uncle Julio, who is going on his first date "in a long time." The guys accompany Julio on an old airplane as he takes aerial pictures of a farm. That's when they observe an armored truck robbery and are featured as eyewitnesses in a newspaper article. Soon the robbers are after the duo. Perez deftly recreates the excited boys and the hapless thieves as they try to outmaneuver each other. The clever and realistic conclusion is perfect--and fun. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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