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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 and#8220;tender, honest exploration of identityand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 friendshipand#8212;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 Sand#225;enz 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. andlt;iandgt;Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universeandlt;/iandgt; 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, andlt;iandgt;Sammy and Juliana in Hollywoodandlt;/iandgt;, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, andlt;iandgt;He Forgot to Say Goodbyeandlt;/iandgt;, won the Tomand#225;s Rivera Mexican American Childrenand#8217;s 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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Malory, October 25, 2014 (view all comments by Malory)
I can't say how many times I've recommended this book over the past couple of years. Not only is it an excellent YA book, it's an excellent book.
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mcarlen97, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by mcarlen97)
this book is amazing and perfect and you should read it.
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April G, August 25, 2014 (view all comments by April G)
In this adorable story we meet Aristotle and Dante, two teens who meet by chance and then become best of friends. Aristotle (Ari) lives with his mother whom he loves and his father who he desperately wants to understand. His father is a veteran of war, scarred and often unnaturally quiet toward his son and this affects Aristotle on many levels. Add to the mix a brother in prison that the family doesn’t even speak of and you get your average angsty teenage boy with extra emphasis on the angst. Then comes Dante. Dante is clever, sarcastic, funny and to Aristotle’s surprise, he wants to be friends.

This is a seemingly simple, straight-forward book about friendship but it really is so much more than that. Written at a time when the two main characters are just beginning to figure out what they want from life and what they want from themselves it turns out to be a beautiful, moving work of art. There are no overarching themes of romancing or breathtaking plot twists. There is no real declaration of love or grand standing. Aristotle and Dante simply are. And, together, they are learning how to exist in the world.

I listened to this story on audiobook and it was adorable. I must confess that Ari and Dante are probably my new fictional OTP. I think what I loved most about this was the dialogue. It felt real, awkward, and sometimes left gaping holes in what the characters really wanted to say. It felt very real and raw. Beautiful, beautiful book. I recommend this for pretty much everyone! Just read it, okay? Okay.

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Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Situations / Friendship
Children s-General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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8.25 x 5.5 in
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