Baseball in April and Other Stories

Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Gary Soto

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Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto

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: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 47,555
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 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

Table of Contents

Broken Chain
Baseball in April
Two Dreamers
The No-Guitar Blues
Seventh Grade
Mother and Daughter
The Karate Kid
La Bamba
The Marble Champ
Growing Up

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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Baseball in April and Other Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Expectations reading this book is that it was going to be one story but I was surprised that is was multiple stories in one book. I also was expecting it to be about baseball but it was multiple heart warming stories. My feelings after reading this book was happy, because every story ended really positive, I also felt good after reading it every day till I finished. It is heart warming because this book is about these neighbor kids and in each story go through a hard time. But, in the end their families were always there for them. The reason I dislike the book is because it was somewhat slow. But other than that it was great. I loved the book because each story had an ending, but I’m not really a cliff hanger person so that is why I loved the book so much. The people that would enjoy this book would be people who love to read multiple books and/or multiple stories in one book. Also there was some Spanish words in there too, so if you knew some Spanish it could help. (but don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish there is a part at the end of the book where it tells you what the Spanish words mean).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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stm2 More than 1 year ago
A great book! Universal in its stories about kids. Being in the neighborhood or being home alone for the first time. A must read.
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JosephSimard More than 1 year ago
I think this story is good because i play baseball and the two characters in this story are trying to make the team and they both make it but one of the brothers is pretty bad and the other brother is good so the the weaker brother gets more playing time than the stronger player. So all of a sudden the stronger player does'nt come anymore so i think the weaker player is better than the stronger player. I would reccommend this book to guys who play baseball like me.
83hockey More than 1 year ago
My name is Levi Weber and I picked Baseball in April to read for class. There are a lot of different stories in this book. I did not see that there is really a plot. ANd every chapter has a different main character and most of the settings were different too. The second story of the book I liked the most. I was about a little girl and her friend that were playing with there barbies and one of the barbies heads feel off. The girls were fighting and the friend made the head fall off. They never played together again after that. I think that this story was trying to teach us that a barbies head is not worth losing a friend over. The author of the stories was good at keeping you interested and made you want to read more. When he talked about outdoors he would tell you about the sky and the breeze and make you feel it. When I was done with the book I realized that each story had a little lesson to learn and that I would tell my friend to read this book.
RyanGreelis More than 1 year ago
Baseball in April and other Short Stories was a spirit lifting novel with various stories. the main story "Baseball in April" was a motivating story showing even little kids never quit. Two brothers, Micheal and Jesse attempt to make their dreams come true as they try out for the town baseball team. Shamed with disappointment Micheal and Jesse are cut. They continue to play the sport they love with each other proving to each other their high value. Urged to be put on by their friends, the coach decides to put them on the team. Their hope had never failed and it shows as they achieve their dream. Gary Soto explores the mind with stories of love, disappointment, death, and happiness. Soto provokes old memories of the readers past using his teenager memories in southern California. Each of his stories tell a tell of adventure and magnets for compassion as those young teens live the time of their lives. After laying the book down, Soto makes the reader feel good deep inside and is a great book to put you in a great mood.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto- There are many stories in this book, including the main story: 'Baseball in April'. The theme of 'Baseball in April' is teenagers finding a way to play baseball when they could not make the major team. Jesse and Michael, the main characters, do not make the major team in their town and they get an invitation to play somewhere else. Jesse and Michael head to baseball tryouts, where Jesse does not do well at all, but Michael performs brilliantly. Both are rejected from the team, so they have to find a way to play because they want to stay active and they love baseball. I liked Baseball in April and Other Stories because the kids find a way to succeed instead of giving up. I learned that if you don't make a team or something doesn't happen in your favor that there is still a way to make things happen. I would recommend this book to anybody of any age because it has many short stories with many life lessons flooding out of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered Gary Soto's poetry in a public library in Nebraska. Then I read his short stories, my favorite being 'Baseball in April.' Like his poetry, these stories are beautiful in that they reveal a child's inner thought life they also show the challenges that teenagers go through. Soto takes us back to his childhood in California. The stories occur in sunny Fresno, which is in the Central Valley. The characters, dilemmas, and emotions that he evokes are so real that I often read them over saying, 'Yes, I remember feeling like that.' I mostly read adult literature but have been reading a lot in young adult literature, because I often forget what it was like to be a young boy. Soto has a gift for recalling these events and making them come alive again. I've read this collection three times and have read all of Soto's poetry. I hightly recommend 'Baseball in April,' as well as the poetry collection 'Black Hair.'