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Crazy Weekend

Crazy Weekend

by Gary Soto
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    ISBN-13: 2900892552862
    Publisher: Persea Books
    Publication date: 08/19/2003
    Edition description: Reissue
    Pages: 160
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Gary Soto, author of books for children, young adults, and adults, lives in Berkeley, California. His best-selling fiction includes Baseball in April and Buried Onions.

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    Crazy Weekend 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
    nzfj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Library Thing Part D MulticulturalSoto, Gary. Crazy Weekend. New York: Persea, 2003. Print. I¿m not sure why I haven¿t read any of Gary Soto¿s novels; I know he is a much revered Latino writer and his titles are frequently listed in multicultural bibliographies. As a Latina growing up in a border town in South Texas, I couldn¿t identify with the Spanish slang, the inner city East Los experience, nor any Bertha Sanchez¿ who could beat you up in a heartbeat (12) in Crazy Weekend. Despite all that, I did enjoy every chapter of this quick read novel, first published in 1994. Even though the title is 16 years old, it still speaks to a Latino¿s experience in Southern California. But I only came to this conclusion, only after living in Orange County for three years and working in Compton for two years. Hector¿s memory of Tio Julio was tangible: ¿Hector hadn¿t seen him in two years, since the time Uncle Julio visited and treated him to Disneyland. Later they rented two surfboards to crack the waves at Malibu Beach. Neither of them was any good at surfing, but the crashing waves worked up an appetite that was solved by a huge dinner on Olvera Street¿ (2). Crazy Weekend has Uncle Julio Silva, his nephew, Hector, and Mando, Hector¿s best friend, as main characters flying in a Cessna 143, riding in a red Ford Escort, developing film in darkrooms, walking around an orange grove and eating oranges, signing their autograph for Dr. Femur, and engaging the two armor car robbers: Huey and Freddie in their Uncle¿s apartment. After witnessing and photographing Huey and Freddie robbing an armor car, the boys become the robbers¿ obsession. The criminals won¿t rest until they teach the boys a lesson about snitching. I don¿t believe this part of the plot; the criminals are way too ridiculous and it¿s the ¿let¿s get `um¿ scene in the apt. that seems more cartoon like than real time. But the Spanish slang and terms intermittently dispersed the California settings, the boys and Uncle Julio¿s perspectives and comments all create an enjoyable plot that a 2nd and 3rd generation Latino could identify and be proud to read. The novel presents the Southern California Latino experience in a comical but positive manner. Julio Silva has served in the Air Force, attended college and is a professional photographer showing familial obligation, concern and love for his sister¿s son and Hector¿s best friend. A definite must buy for the library collection. Curriculum connection is language arts with elementary and middle school for an audience.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Crazy Weekend, by Gary Soto is a very good book. The genre of the book fiction. Hector, Mando and his Uncle Julio are chased around by robbers and they find themselves having a crazier weekend then they imagined. Crazy Weekend is a story about two seventh graders Hector and his friend Mando. They go to see Hector¿s Uncle, Uncle Julio in Fresno California for the weekend. Hector¿s Uncle is a photographer, so they went with him to take pictures little did they know they were going to have to come aboard a rickety old plane. While flying they see robbers stealing a car, there Uncle Julio snaps multiple pictures of the robbers. As they were driving home the radio comes on saying there has been a robbery at Central Avenue and they had stolen a vehicle, Mando and Hector realize that the stolen vehicle is the one there Uncle Julio had taken pictures of. They go home and develop the pictures when they look at them they found a license plate on it. Uncle Julio would call the police later, but first he called the newspapers. The next morning the find themselves the newspaper Uncle Julio gets nervous thought because they mention Hector, Mando, and himself all in it, there first and last names, he is afraid that the robbers will come after them. When the robbers read the news article they wanted to teach all of them a lesson. When the robbers come after them a series of events that happen that are very funny. At the end of the book Hector and Mando wished they had never said they were bored so they wouldn¿t have had to gone to Fresno and be in so much danger, but eventually things take a turn for the best. I would recromend this book to ten or twelve year olds because it is more at there reading level. I enjoyed this book very much, because of the funny parts in it ¿Okay, clown face. Come and get us.¿ Chapter 15, p. 115
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    this was a good book

    i liked this book.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    It was a very enjoyable book. It had a wonderful plot and had a clear theme. The characters were hilarious and so was the ending. I would really recommend this book.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    My opinion about the book is that it was a very good book and I wrote a couple of reports on it.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    The book was crazy ever since they saw the robbery.