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From School Library Journal Grade 6-8?Tommy Nu?ez is the sole Hispanic officiating in any of the four major professional sports. Raised by his mother and other relatives in the rough barrios of Phoenix, he was constantly in trouble. Dropping out of high school, he joined the Marines, obtained his GED, and found a focus for his life. He has spent the past 20-plus years refereeing in the NBA, and in his off-court activities, he works for various charities and community organizations. Unfortunately, this book has a number of drawbacks. No documentation is included, the need for young people to get an education is stressed to the point of redundancy, and the black-and-white photographs are often unrelated to the text. Very few insights into the NBA and its players are given, which may disappoint readers.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WICopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Booklist Gr. 6^-10. Tommy Nunez grew up poor in the barrios of Phoenix and was expelled from school at age 17. Yet he was able to struggle through the barriers of poverty and prejudice to become the only Mexican American referee in the NBA. He chooses to share his life and success with thousands of young people living in neighborhoods like those in which he grew up, speaking to them in schools and community centers. Marvis' biography will appeal to readers, including reluctant ones who like sports; the format includes many photographs as well as easy-to-read sidebars that summarize the basic point on each page. This is also a good choice for general biography collection development, as it underscores difficulties encountered by many Hispanics in the U.S. Merri Monks Read more See all Editorial Reviews