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Facts of Lifeby Gary Soto
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The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in Californias Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. Crooked teeth, ponytailed girls, embarrassing grandfathers, imposter Barbies, annoying brothers, Little League tryouts, and karate lessons weave the colorful fabric of Sotos world. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us. Glossary of Spanish terms included.
Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Editors Choice, Horn Book Fanfare Selection, Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book, Parenting Magazines Reading Magic Award, John and Patricia Beatty Award
In this follow-up to Baseball in April, Gary Soto gives readers a baker's dozen of smartly funny and surprisingly moving short stories about the pitfalls and triumphs of the teen years.
Lincoln Mendoza has to face his homeboys when his posh new school goes up against his old school on the basketball court.
Lincoln Mendoza thought life as a Mexican-American in the States was tough, but that's nothing compared to what he finds when he goes to Japan.
A collection of short stories that captures the humor and poignance of growing up
After his brutal murder, fourteen-year-old Chuy discovers what life is all about.
A favorite collection by a beloved poet, now in paperback
Two brothers live the American dream—sort of—in this funny, moving novel.
In ten funny, heartbreaking tales, Gary Soto reveals the hopes and hearts of today's teens.
An exuberant celebration of everyday life from an award-winning team.
Turning thirteen is not for wimps.
A hard-hitting short story collection takes a hard look at teens and preteens on the edge.
A unique offering from favorite author Gary Soto
The hard-hitting tale of one teen's struggle to survive in a violent community
There are laughs as well as heartbreak in a tale of an unlikely first love.
It all starts when Marisa picks up the wrong cell phone. When she returns it to Rene, she feels curiously drawn to him. But Marisa and Rene aren't exactly a match made in heaven. For one thing, Marisa is a chola; she's a lot of girl, and she's not ashamed of it. Skinny Rene gangles like a sackful of elbows and wears a calculator on his belt. In other words, he's a geek. So why can't Marisa stay away from him?
Includes a glossary of Spanish words and phrases.
On his thirteenth birthday, Ronnie woke up feeling like a chimp--all long armed, big eared, and gangly. He's been muddling through each gawky day since. Now his best friend, Joey, has turned thirteen, too--and after Joey humiliates himself in front of a cute girl, he climbs a tree andand#160;refuses to come down. So Ronnie sets out to woo the girl on Joey's behalf. After all, teenage chimps have to stick together.
Acclaimed author Gary Soto tells a fun and touching story about friendship, understanding, and the painful insecurities of being thirteen.
About the Author
GARY SOTO's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young
Table of Contents
Where Did I Go Wrong? • 1
Capturing the Moment • 23
Identity Theft • 41
You Decide • 52
The Babysitter • 64
Citizen of the World • 85
Wise Uncle Joe • 103
Seeing the Future • 124
The Ideal City • 134
D in English • 157
Selected Spanish Words and Phrases • 175
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