Of Dreams and Drums

Of Dreams and Drums

by Araby Patch


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Julio Vargas is an 18-year-old boy living in the heart of Spanish Harlem. He dreams of having all the money in the world, the beautiful girls and the power to call his own shots. But life isn t so simple for Julio. He struggles at school and can t seem to find peace at home. Deciding to take his considerable game to the streets, Julio uses his quick fists and sharp mind to make his way. But the streets are quicker and hit harder than he ever imagined. Before long Julio finds himself cornered, hunted by the most notoriously vicious drug dealer in Harlem; Santos, and his cold-blooded band of soldiers. Julio takes refuge with a mystical street musician, a conga drummer named Rafa, who shows Julio that the river of life runs deeper than money and fame. Julio quickly finds himself caught between the rhythms of his cultural heritage and the sometimes violent, always seductive underbelly of the New York City streets. And with every step, each choice quickly becomes a matter of life or death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982714201
Publisher: Lorena Pulichino
Publication date: 05/10/2010
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

After returning from the Peace Corps
(Bolivia), Araby Patch graduated with an
MA in English Education from Columbia
University's Teacher's College and began teaching GED in the South Bronx and East
Harlem. After six wonderful, rewarding years of working with a number of incredibly talented and vibrant New York
City young adults, Araby left to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer. Of Dreams and Drums is his first published novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am a friend and know the author,Araby, the way he uses imagery really stood out in this novel. I can picture the characters and scenery perfectly. I did like the book and gained a respect for Rafa, the old man. This book had little "road-blocks" in the story that kept me and Julio(main character) on the edge of our seats. I prefer a different topic when it comes to drugs but it is just another side of the story. There isn't a lot of explicit language/actions which was nice. I HIGHLY recommend this book as an easy-going read for anyone(including people with limited reading time) :)