Synopses & Reviews
In thirteen stories full of wit and energy, Gary Soto illuminates the ordinary lives of young people. Meet Angel, who would rather fork over twenty bucks than have photos of his naked body plastered all over school; Philip, who discovers he has a "mechanical mind," whatever that means; Estela, known as Stinger, who rules Josandeacute;'s heart and
the racquetball court; and many other kids, all of them with problems as big as only a preteen can make them.
Funny, touching, and wholly original, Local News is Gary Soto in top form.
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.
About the Author
's first book for young people, Baseball in April and Other Stories
, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many more books for young readers. His short film The Pool Party
was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video by the ALA.
Table of Contents
Blackmail -- Trick-or-treating -- First job -- El radio -- Push-up -- The school play -- The raiders jacket -- The challenge -- Nacho loco -- The squirrels -- The mechanical mind -- Nickel-a-pound plane ride -- New Year's eve -- Spanish words and phrases.