I have read a lot of books; books from all genres, and for all age groups, and I have come across one that is part of a series, that touched my heart. Where's Tony, is part of the Dream Ten series, written by A.D. Erving, and it touches on a subject that is often a hot topic.
In this book, which is the second book of this series, we get to know more about Tony Baez, a rather reserved and quiet kid. We learn that he is the son of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, and that he lives in a part of New York City, that is home to many immigrants, from all over the world.
After a spectacular basketball game, Tony is invited to practice with the Panthers, which is an invitation that has great meaning. However, when Tony fails to show up to practice with the Panthers, then doesn't show for practice with the Dream Ten, his teammates and coach start to worry.
They set out to try and find Tony, and soon learn that Tony's entire family has been deported. Tony, however, is still being held in a New York City Detention Center, run by Homeland Security. Tony's teammates set out to get him released, after all, Tony was born in the United States, and is a legal citizen.
Throughout this story, you will read details about how immigrants are treated within the walls of Homeland Security, how scary it can be for families that are being ripped apart, and just how prejudice some people can be.
We also learn just how and why, Tony and his family were targeted by Homeland Security, and the deceptive behaviors some people will take just to win a game. This is also a great book for the basketball lover, as it describes, in detail, the game these boys are playing, and are willing to risk for their friend.
I highly suggest reading this book, and look forward to reading more in this series. You can get a copy of The Dream Ten: Where's Tony? on Amazon for $2.99 (Kindle)
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