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An Introduction to Gary Soto

Your tween will love being immersed in the brilliant world of award-winning author and poet Gary Soto.
 
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Help Wanted: Stories
by Gary Soto
With real wit and heart, Gary Soto takes readers into the lives of young people in ten funny, heartbreaking tales.
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Local News
by Gary Soto

This collection of thirteen short stories is about the everyday lives of Mexican-American young people in California's Central Valley.

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Crazy Weekend
by Gary Soto
After their photograph of a robbery is published in the newspaper, Hector and Mando find themselves pursued by two goofy thieves.
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Accidental Love
by Gary Soto

It all starts when Marisa picks up the wrong cell phone. When she goes to return it, she feels something she's never felt before, something a bit like...love.

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Baseball in April: And Other Stories
by Gary Soto

In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes-love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere.

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The Afterlife
by Gary Soto
You'd think a knife in the ribs would be the end of things, but for Chuy, that's when his life at last gets interesting. He finally sees that people love him, faces the consequences of his actions, finds in himself compassion and bravery . . . and even stumbles on what may be true love.
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Taking Sides
by Gary Soto

Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.

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Jesse
by Gary Soto

Set in California during the Vietnam War, this evocative novel is a moving portrait of a young man trying to overcome the limits set for him by prejudice and poverty. Jesse is 17 when he leaves his home dominated by his alcoholic stepfather, and moves in with his older brother, Abel.

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Buried Onions
by Gary Soto
On the mean streets of southeast Fresno, nineteen-year-old Eddie is just trying to get by. All he wants is to forget his violent past, hold down a job, and walk a straight line. But after his cousin's murder, Eddie finds himself -- slowly but inexorably -- drawn back into the cycle of violence....
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