Search Results: "Gary Soto"


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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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FACTS OF LIFE by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Soto presents his characters with sometimes insurmountable challenges, but he limns their lives with such vivid descriptions and insights that readers will be left wondering how things work out—and wishing for the best. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A young man who unwittingly helps a punk steal an elderly couple's television in the first story sets the somewhat uneasy tone for this collection. Read full book review >

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HELP WANTED by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Readers, Latino or not, have a good chance of seeing themselves and their feelings in these compelling stories. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ten perceptive short stories give glimpses of everyday life and emotions among a variety of adolescent Latinos. Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTAL LOVE by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Nothing terribly deep here, but it fills a gap in middle-school-age collections with something fresh and fun. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Marisa is in her first year of high school, a little overweight and always ready to pick a fight. Read full book review >

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PETTY CRIMES by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"He deftly brings to light relationships and their complications among family, peers, and elders in a well-crafted collection that's lively, absorbing, and meaningful. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In ten short stories, Soto (Buried Onions, 1997, etc.) presents a kaleidoscope of Mexican-American adolescents and the bullies they confront—bullies ranging from tough, menacing teens to life's unavoidable truths. Read full book review >

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JESSE by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"A satisfying and enlightening story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jesse is a 17-year-old Chicano, struggling through the complexities of adolescence in the 1960s. Read full book review >

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LUCKY LUIS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"The great illustrations would have benefited from simpler text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young Latino rabbit must overcome a snack-based superstition in this baseball-centered picture book. Read full book review >

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OFF AND RUNNING by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lightweight. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Miata (The Skirt, 1992) is running for class president against Rudy and Alex (Boys at Work, 1995), but her campaign to beautify the school has less natural appeal than the boys' endearingly goofy promises of more recess and ice cream. Read full book review >

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BOYS AT WORK by Gary Soto
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"After a tense but nonviolent climax, this story comes to its comfortable close, an everyday sort of story punctuated by moments of high and low comedy. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two Latino fourth-graders scramble to raise money when one accidently breaks a local punk's portable CD player. 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 >