Everything you need to understand or teach Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez.
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida, written by Victor Martinez, is the coming of age story of Manuel Hernandez, who is known as Manny. Growing up in the poor part of town, Manny struggles to define the really important things in life. His mother wants him to get a better education as a step toward a brighter future; but, his father thinks he should get a menial job to start making money. With his siblings and friends, Manny tries to avoid neighborhood bullies as he learns lessons about the important things in life.