Juan has plans. He's going to get out of El Paso on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself - or at least find something better than his mom Fabi's cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. His best friend JD has plans, too. He's going to be a filmmaker one day. But there are some things you just can't plan for . . . Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead. Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise-like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad and JD has a perfect subject for his documentary. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can't plan for.
Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9 and up | Lexile Measure: HL800L