Gary Soto

Gary Soto

by Dennis Abrams




Growing up poor in Fresno, California, Gary Soto found it nearly impossible to imagine a better life for himself. Yet this child of farm workers was able to escape his life of poverty and despair to become a popular and versatile author. His work ranges from poetry, fiction, and autobiographical essays for adults to novels, short stories, poetry, and picture books for young readers. In his writing, he explores many themes, including what it is like to grow up as a Mexican American in the United States. This new biography traces the path Soto took from impoverished childhood to literary acclaim.

About the Author:
Dennis Abrams is the author of several books, including biographies of Barbara Park, Anthony Horowitz, Hamid Karzai, and Ty Cobb

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791095294
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Who Wrote That? Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword   Kyle Zimmer     6
I am Chicano     11
Barrio Boy     19
Growing up Poor     29
Discovering Himself Through Words     45
Early Success     55
From Poetry to Prose     67
Writing for Kids     75
Politics, Plays, and Movies     95
Chronology     102
Notes     103
Works   Gary Soto     107
Popular Books     110
Popular Characters     111
Major Awards     112
Bibliography     113
Further Reading     115
Index     117

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