Synopses & Reviews
Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities. Acclaimed by educators since its original publication in 1998, A Fire in My Hands
has been revised and expanded in this new edition. Old and new fans of Soto's work will welcome the return of his compelling poems. One of the poems in this collection, "Oranges," is a Common Core State Standards Exemplar (Grades 6-8, Poetry).
Includes an introduction and an interview with the author.
"These simple, free-verse selections skillfully capture that which is commonplace and transforms it into something mesmerizing and lovely. . . . will delight creative-writing teachers who are looking for a book that demonstrates the genesis of a poem as well as the compelling universality of the human experience."—SLJ
[star] "A harmony of words and pictures to be anticipated and savored . . . Read it, sing it, share it."--School Library Journal (starred review)"Humorous, tender . . . A fine introduction not only to poetry but to Chicano culture."--Kirkus Reviews
"Soto excels at getting into the minds of both boys and girls . . . Readers, Latino or not, have a good chance of seeing themselves and their feelings in these compelling stories."--Kirkus Reviews
"Humorous . . . Thought-provoking."--School Library Journal
"With humor, sensitivity, and insight, Soto explores the lives of children . . . David Diaz's contemporary black-and-white illustrations . . . effortlessly capture the varied moods . . . of this remarkable collection."--The Horn Book
"Through Soto's keen eyes, [readers] see, and will be convinced, that there is poetry
in everything . . . An expression of joy and wonder at life's daily pleasures and mysteries."
--School Library Journal
"[A] lighthearted, off-beat slice of life . . . Breezy and entertaining."--Kirkus Reviews"This rollicking novel about the painful beginnings of adolescence should have wide appeal."--The Horn Book
"The tough-girl/good-guy romance is a refreshing twist, and Marisa and Rene are unique and long-overdue characters."--The Bulletin"With humor and insight, [Soto] creates memorable, likable characters."--Booklist
An expanded version of A Fire in My Hands
, Gary's Soto's acclaimed collection of poems about growing up Latino, now in paperback.
A favorite collection by a beloved poet, now in paperback
Touching, vibrant, and humorous, this lively collection of poems accompanied by beautiful illustrations celebrates childhood and the Mexican American experience. “Invoking ordinary domestic and community incidents, its a fine introduction not only to poetry but to Chicano culture. Nelson debuts with scenes--homey, comfortable, bright--that make the book even more accessible.”--Kirkus Reviews
This is a collection to read aloud and get kids writing about themselves.”--Booklist
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Poetry)
In ten funny, heartbreaking tales, Gary Soto reveals the hopes and hearts of today's teens.
With real wit and heart, Gary Soto takes readers into the lives of young people in ten funny, heartbreaking tales.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Meet Carolina, who writes to Miss Manners for help not just with etiquette but with bigger messes in her life; Javier, who knows the stories his friend Veronica tells him are lies, but can't find a way to prove it--and many other kids, each caught up in the difficulties of figuring out what it means to be alive.
An exuberant celebration of everyday life from an award-winning team.
Award-winning poet Gary Soto and Caldecott winner David Diaz turn their eyes on the world of kids. From family pictures to pinatas, from the gato
with a meow like a rusty latch to Fourth of July fireworks, the startling and often overlooked moments that define childhood are vividly brought to life by these two acclaimed talents.
Turning thirteen is not for wimps.
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.
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.
About the Author
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belprand#233;andnbsp;Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Paintball in the Wild
Sorry, Wrong Family
How Becky Garza Learned Golf
The Sounds of Love
The Sounds of the House
One Last Kiss