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Petty Crimes (Paperback)

Author:  Gary Soto
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0152054375
ISBN-13: 9780152054373
Sku: 31308920
Publish Date: 3/20/2006
Pages:  157
Age Range:  14 to UP
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In kindergarten Priscilla and six other strawberry-cheeked girls and boys stood among Mexican and Hmong kids the color of earth. (from the first line)
The award-winning author of Baseball in April and Other Stories presents a collection of short stories that focuses on the struggles of Mexican-American youths in Californias Central Valley and their ability to meet lifes challenges head-on. Reprint. *Author: Soto, Gary *Publication Date: 2006/05/01 *Number of Pages: 157 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.50
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Meet Manuel, a young man who wears hand-me-downs from his older brothers until he finally gets a brand-new pair of shoes. And Jose Luis, who watches the vet bills rise after he buys a sick rooster to save it from becoming someone's dinner. And Alma, a young woman who runs to every shop and flea market in town buying back the clothes of her dead mother that her father has given away. These Mexican American youths meet life's challenges head-on in this hard-hitting collection of short stories.

Meet Manuel, a young man who wears hand-me-downs from his older brothers until he finally gets a brand-new pair of shoes. And Jose Luis, who watches the vet bills rise after he buys a sick rooster to save it from becoming someone's dinner. And Alma, a young woman who runs to every shop and flea market in town buying back the clothes of her dead mother that her father has given away. These Mexican American youths meet life's challenges head-on in this hard-hitting collection of short stories.

Author Bio
Gary Soto
When Gary Soto was a young boy, he never thought about becoming a writer when he was older. No one really encouraged him to read, because there weren't many books around his house when he was growing up. Gary was born April 12, 1952, in Fresno, California, to parents of Mexican-American descent. He lived most of his life in the southern part of Fresno. When he decided to attend college at California State University, he thought he might be interested in geography. But one day, while he was in the college library, he discovered the Beat poets, and found their work to be amazing--it lit a spark within him. From that day on, he decided to try his hand at poetry, and signed up for his first poetry writing class in 1972. After graduating magna cum-laude from Cal State with an English degree, he attended the University of California at Irvine to work on his Master's in Creative Writing. His first book of poetry, entitled THE ELEMENTS OF SAN JOAQUIN, was published in 1977 and won the US Award from the International Poetry Forum. In 1990, his first two books for kids, one of poetry and one of short stories were published, and received very positive reviews. The book of short stories entitled BASEBALL IN APRIL AND OTHER STORIES was named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Before this, Gary had garnered many prestigious awards throughout the years for his poetry, essays, and fiction that were written for an adult audience. Throughout his prolific writing career he has received many esteemed awards which include: the Discovery--The Nation Prize, the US Award of the International Poetry Forum, the California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award, and the Tom's Rivera Prize. In addition to these awards, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. His poems have appeared in many literary journals including The Nation, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and Poetry. Gary's writing does concentrate on the experience of growing up Mexican-American, but he says his work is not autobiographical or based on actual events, although he does vividly remember parts of his childhood when he's writing. Celebrating his heritage and family through his writing is very important to him, and he enjoys creating and sharing new stories about it. Although he does write primarily about Mexican-American characters, Gary's books are read by kids from all different backgrounds because he writes about the "feelings and experiences of most American kids," like going to the park, riding a bike, or even just having a horrible day. He has said that getting kids excited about reading and writing is very important to him, and tries to visit some of the schools to meet his readers. A fun fact: Gary likes to eat out at new restaurants.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"All of the stories exhibit dazzling imagery and Soto's intense understanding of his subjects. He deftly brings to light relationships and their complications among family, peers, and elders in a well-crafted collection that's lively, absorbing, and meaningful." 03/01/1998

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Soto sees his Latino protagonists with amazing clarity, limning their physical surroundings and their emotional landscapes with equal skill." - Janice M. Del Negro September 1998

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"These stories smoothly weave together poverty and class differences, cultural assimilation and conflict, family life and the often violent world with which kids must cope. But even the most serious scenes and characters are brushed with an affectionate sense of humor." - Mark Hall 06/07/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0157
Product attributePublisher:   Harcourt Paperbacks
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