Baseball in April and Other Stories

Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Gary Soto

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Overview

The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California’s Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. Crooked teeth, ponytailed girls, embarrassing grandfathers, imposter Barbies, annoying brothers, Little League tryouts, and karate lessons weave the colorful fabric of Soto’s world. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us. Glossary of Spanish terms included.

Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Horn Book Fanfare Selection, Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book, Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Award, John and Patricia Beatty Award

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152025670
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 72,287
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gary Soto 's first book for young readers, 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 novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at www.garysoto.com .

Table of Contents

Broken Chain
1(15)
Baseball in April
16(13)
Two Dreamers
29(13)
Barbie
42(12)
The No-Guitar Blues
54(11)
Seventh Grade
65(10)
Mother and Daughter
75(11)
The Karate Kid
86(15)
La Bamba
101(11)
The Marble Champ
112(9)
Growing Up
121

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"[Soto's] sensitivity to young people's concerns and his ability to portray the world as it is perceived by children is nothing less than remarkable."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A fine collection of stories that offers a different cultural perspective about feelings common to all teenagers. Soto writes well and with tremendous insight into the process of growing up."—The Boston Globe
"Will strike chords of recognition in readers of all ages."—The Horn Book

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