Ponga Boy is the story of a young Mexican boy’s journey from small town fisherman to college soccer megastar. Pichu Castillian, alias Ponga Boy, grew up in an impoverished fishing village at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Pichu is the heart and soul of the dock, a local legend who works the bait fishing boats, or pongas, with his father, and amazes locals and tourists alike with his feats of athleticism. One day he attracts the attention of two American collegiate soccer coaches. After witnessing Pichu’s abilities, they offer him the opportunity of a lifetimea tryout with the University of San Francisco soccer team and a full scholarship. Pichu embarks on a journey that goes beyond soccer as he enters a world that challenges everything he’s ever known and leads him to confront who he is and what he really wants in life.
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PONGA BOY is the tale of Pichu, a young boy from a small fishing town in Mexico, who gets the chance to receive a college education because of his great soccer skills. It is the story of making choices, living with those choices, deciding what is best for oneself and living one's dream. Pichu learns what it is like to live far from home in a different country; a different culture and different people. Can his love for the game of soccer be strong enough to overcome the obstacles? This YA book shows the reader how choices can change our lives and it is also conveys the international enjoyment of soccer.