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Nerdlandia
     

Nerdlandia

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by Gary Soto
 

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A hip, funny, Latino rendition of Grease, this play features three cool muchachos who come to the aid of Martin, a chicano nerd who loves a beautiful, popular girl, Ceci, from afar.With the help of his friends, Martin changes his miage and impresses Ceci and her friends, without letting on who he is. This is a problem for Ceci, because, in the meantime, she's

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A hip, funny, Latino rendition of Grease, this play features three cool muchachos who come to the aid of Martin, a chicano nerd who loves a beautiful, popular girl, Ceci, from afar.With the help of his friends, Martin changes his miage and impresses Ceci and her friends, without letting on who he is. This is a problem for Ceci, because, in the meantime, she's transformed herself into a Chicana nert to win the heard of her secret love--Martin. 

A totally modern, totally cool tale of teenage romance.

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Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This play set in the Los Angeles Barrio is filled with stock characters: Martin, a Chicano nerd who wears glasses, a calculator on his belt, and pants hiked up to his chest; homeboys who sport greased hair and tattoos; and chola girls who have dark lipstick and painted nails. Martin tries to be one of the homies in order to win his idealized love, Ceci. Ironically, Ceci has just ended her relationship with her two-timing boyfriend and now decides that a sweet, intelligent guy like Martin is just what she needs. She, in turn, tries to become more nerdlike to win his affections, which includes shopping at "Nerdstroms." Language is a parody of street slang and Spanish phrases. Billed as a comedy, the dialogue often falls flat. Characters have little motivation for their actions. Short on entertainment, but long on stereotypes.-Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698117846
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
495,606
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His
hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.



Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short
story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie
Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he was nominated for a National Book Award.



His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books
have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.



Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth
Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."



When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats,
Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.



copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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