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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


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ISBN13: 9781442408937
ISBN10: 1442408936
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This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Childrens Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
Lyrical indeed!

I was blown away with this book from start to finish. It's a refreshing look at puberty and growing up and the things young people in the world face. To have a main character that's so charming, so thoughtful, who cares so deeply about the world to carry this story made it wonderful. Aristotle and Dante capture the easiness and angst of teenagers and how such different people can be meaningful to each other.

I felt for the characters and the world they lived in. Everything about this book is so unique and rich from the characters to the writing and the way it makes you think and tells this story so effortlessly.
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Traci Newcomb, April 16, 2015 (view all comments by Traci Newcomb)
This book succeeded my expectations. Everyone had told me how great it was and I was scared that it would not live up to my expectations. Luckily it surpassed my expectation. The emotions in this book are so sincere and real. The characters were realistic and funny. I loved the writing and the cover. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is now one of my favorite books.
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Beverly B, January 14, 2015 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is hands down the best, the most captivating, and most memorable book I have read in a long long time. It is supposedly a YA coming of age novel, but most adults will be more entertained and moved by it than teen readers. Adults will appreciate the powerful poetic writing and protagonist, Ari's, feelings of loneliness and insignificance. Teens will be surprised and saddened by some of the events. Adults will see them coming. Adults know that keeping secrets never leads to happiness. Luckily for Ari, he has a new best friend, and parents, who are determined help him discover how amazing he is. I almost did not read Aristotle and Dante. The first page opened with the cheery sentences: "I was fifteen. I was bored. I was miserable." I thought, Ugh. Another whiney teen story. But the next sentence was so beautiful, it almost brought me to tears: "The sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was." That was just the first of many unforgettably beautiful sentences.
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Product Details

Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Situations / Friendship
Children s-General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
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Grade Level:
from 7
f-c cvr (no spfx)
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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