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Gary Soto

Gary Soto

·3.7·16,267 Ratings
“ Pretending to not be afraid is as good as actually not being afraid. ” ― David Letterman
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  • Petty Crimes

    2006·
    ·3.73·158 Ratings
    Meet Manuel, a young man who wears hand-me-downs from his older brothers until he finally gets a brand-new pair of shoes. And Jose Luis, who watches the vet bills rise after he buys a sick rooster to save it from becoming someone's dinner. And Alma, a you
  • Local News: Stories

    2003·
    ·3.56·108 Ratings
    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 "mechani
  • Buried Onions

    1999·
    ·3.55·1,065 Ratings
    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 cousins murder, Eddie finds himselfslowly but inexorablydrawn b
  • Novio Boy: A Play

    2006·
    ·3.73·402 Ratings
    Ninth grader Rudy has a date with eleventh grader Patricia. Now he has to come up with the money, the poise, and the conversation to carry it off. This one-act play, by turns heartwarming and heart-wrenching, follows Rudy from his desperate search for gu
  • Summer On Wheels

    1995·
    ·3.73·83 Ratings
    Hector and his best friend Mondo enjoy many exciting adventures when they take a six-day bike trip from their East Los Angeles neighborhood to the Santa Monica beach during summer vacation.
  • Neighborhood Odes

    2005·
    ·3.83·167 Ratings
    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 d
  • America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories

    1993·
    ·3.6·157 Ratings
    Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique asthe friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here arefourteen stories about young people told by some of America's beststorytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara,
  • Taking Sides

    2003·
    ·3.36·737 Ratings
    Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school--where the students are rich and mostly white--faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose
  • Living Up The Street

    1992·
    ·3.61·373 Ratings
    In a prose that is so beautiful it is poetry, we see the world of growing up and going somewhere through the dust and heat of Fresno's industrial side and beyond: It is a boy's coming of age in the barrio, parochial school, attending church, public summer
  • A Fire in My Hands

    2006·
    ·3.73·175 Ratings
    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
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