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Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Stephanie Diaz, Miguel Gongora Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 1990 ISBN: 9781620642573
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Gary Soto, an award-winning poet, is renowned for getting at the heart of a young person’s everyday life. In these eleven stories, performed with spice and energy by young actors Stephanie Diaz and Miguel Gongora, Soto again scores. With a sensitivity and humor born from his own experiences while growing up in California’s Central Valley, the author brings to the surface issues such as success and failure, honesty and deceit, love and friendship. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Will strike chords of recognition in readers of all ages.”

    Horn Book

  • “Diaz and Gongora do a good job capturing the emotions of young people and skillfully reflect the confusion, frustration and joy of the characters. Both readers have "young" voices that convey an appropriate vulnerability. Each cassette is clearly marked with the stories it contains. ”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Q_Casey | 5/13/2011

    " This is a collection of short stories detailing the lives of youth growing up in California. Its a quick read, and many of the stories are easy to relate to for middle school students, with themes of growing up, friendship, and acceptance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 5/6/2011

    " This book was not very good because it is not a full book. It is just a lot of different stories put in a book. Each chaperter was a different story. But each story was pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lion | 1/3/2011

    " Ugh. TER.I.BLE. Spose to be amazing right? It was NOT. At all. Gary Soto thinks he knows everything about kids... ugh, this just vexes me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia | 12/5/2010

    " Really hated it. It had no point or anything. So painful to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 6/27/2010

    " Good short stories for middle-school aged kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 3/4/2010

    " I loved this book because it had different intersing story in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/28/2009

    " A series of stories focussed on middle-school/elementary school Hispanic children. Stories are good and positive. "

About the Author

Gary Soto is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Award. He also writes young adult fiction and has received numerous awards, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the American Education Association, the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the PEN Center West Book Award for his young adult short-story collection Petty Crimes.

About the Narrator

Stephanie Diaz lives in Seattle, where she works as a stage and voiceover artist as well as a theater educator. She has performed at the Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego Rep, Western Stage, the Seattle Repertory Theater, the Intiman Theatre, and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Her voice can also be heard on various CD-ROMs and web cartoons.