Will went to private school, and Julian went to juvie. Will is running from a family secret, and Julian is running from the goat next door. An unlikely mateship forms, and when Will's past finally catches up with him, he realises the value of friendship, solidarity, and the true meaning of family. See if it is available: http://www.library.cbhs.school.nz/oliver/libraryHome.do
The main character in this book, Esperanza, is an inspiration to many readers. Esperanza is the narrator and the book is told in small stories which makes it an enjoyable read even for the most reluctant reader. Esperanza is from a family of migrants who have moved between Puerto Rico and the US and finally settle in Chicago.