In thirteen stories full of wit and energy, Gary Soto illuminates the ordinary lives of young people. Meet Angel, who would rather fork over twenty bucks than have photos of his naked body plastered all over school; Philip, who discovers he has a "mechanical mind," whatever that means; Estela, known as Stinger, who rules José's heart and the racquetball court; and many other kids, all of them with problems as big as only a preteen can make them.
Funny, touching, and wholly original, Local News is Gary Soto in top form.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.40(d)|
|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 www.garysoto.com .
What People are Saying About This
"Another first-rate collection from a perceptive and sensitive chronicler of ordinary life."The Horn Book
"As always, Soto shows that the concerns and triumphs of Latino children are no different from anyone's, and . . . their misadventures are treated with a light touch."Kirkus Reviews
"The stories show the humor of growing up as well as the anguish."Booklist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an age appropriate read for middle school students. The students were able to relate to the characters and they found many of the stories hilarious. I found this novel to be a great way to introduce students to aspects of another culture. As we read, the students raced to flip to the Spanish Words and Phrases guide. Not only were they learning reading skills in English Language Arts, but they were picking up words in a new language. I highly recommend this book for teachers and students (and parents, too)!