Bridge (The Alternative)
Patrick Jones
José can't keep up. As the only English speaker in a family of undocumented immigrants, he handles everything from taking family members to the doctor to bargaining with the landlord. Plus he works two jobs. With all this responsibility, he's missing a lot of school. When he does make it, he falls asleep in class. José knows he has to turn things around if he wants to graduate from Rondo Alternative High School. Can he raise his grades enough to have a shot at college and a better life? Or will he be forced to drop out of school for good?

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • For Reluctant Readers

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book was about a teen that has personal and family troubles.  He is very behind in school.  He wants to finish High School, but the odds seem against him.  He is the only person in his family who speaks English.  He usually has to talk to people like the doctors, the laundry man, the electrical company and so on.  He works many jobs.  His dad is paralyzed and can’t walk, much less help his family.  He knows why.  And he knows it is his fault.  Can he earn his high school degree?  Or will he go on as another person who can’t

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