Search Results: "Gary Soto"


BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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THE AFTERLIFE by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Soto writes with a touch as light as Chuy's ghost and with humor, wonderment, and a generosity toward life. (Fiction. 12+)"
Seventeen-year-old Chuy dies in the opening scene of this view from beyond; thereafter the story is told by his ghost, "invisible and touchable as light." Read full book review >

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CRAZY WEEKEND by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Spanish-English glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-graders Hector and Mando are spending a weekend with Hector's uncle in Fresno, California. Read full book review >

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LOCAL NEWS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Also as usual, the narrative is sprinkled with Spanish words and idioms, defined at the back- -excellent flavoring but, for many, extra work. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
The author of Baseball in April (1990) offers 13 more domestic reversals of fortune. Read full book review >

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TAKING SIDES by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Nonetheless, a fine, useful contribution. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lincoln Mendoza, 12, has felt in limbo ever since moving from San Francisco's Mission District barrio to neat, tree-lined Sycamore—a feeling exacerbated by a game his basketball team is going to play against his former team. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A gentle, affecting collection. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Soto's volume of tender and truthful love poetry for teens is divided into two sections, the first titled "A Girl's Tears, Her Songs" and the second called "A Boy's Body, His Words." Read full book review >

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MERCY ON THESE TEENAGE CHIMPS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Breezy and entertaining. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This lighthearted, off-beat slice of life focuses on two (barely) teenaged boys. Read full book review >

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BURIED ONIONS by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A valuable tale, it's one that makes no concessions. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-14)"
Eddie, a young Mexican-American scraping by in the mean streets of Fresno, California, counts four dead relatives and one dead friend in the opening, in-your-face lines of this new novel from Soto (Snapshots from the Wedding, p. 228, etc.). Read full book review >

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PIECES OF THE HEART by Gary Soto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Soto contributes a graceful and affectionate introduction."
Poet and YA author Soto rounds up the usual suspects—along with some impressive new voices—in what may be the best Chicano short fiction anthology to date. Read full book review >

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HEY, 13! by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"If young males can get past the cover, this collection is good for all reluctant readers. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Soto's latest short-story collection offers readers glimpses into the daily lives of young teens. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2000

"Sweet but not saccharine, these reminiscent pieces invite the reader on a journey to the streets of Fresno, where the mundane details of existence shine."
The noted poet, essayist, and fiction writer (Petty Crimes, 1998, etc.) here offers a series of quick sketches, each a thumbnail miniature of the hustle, bustle, dreams, confusion, and beauty of life. Read full book review >

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PACIFIC CROSSING by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A pleasant, easygoing story about sharing cultures, like David Klass's Breakaway Run (1987) but without the complication of a stressful family situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Lincoln Mendoza makes new friends when he flies to Japan as part of a summer exchange program. Read full book review >