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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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In books like Buried Onions and Boys at Work, Gary Soto displays a gift for revealing the tough, heart-breaking life of contemporary urban kids. In Petty Crimes, Soto offers 10 stories about the risky situations and dangerous little scams faced by young people growing up on the harsh streets of the city.

Meet Alma, who can accept her mother's death from cancer, but not the loss of her mother's clothes to local charities. Cheer for Rudy, who learns some rude lessons about himself in the boxing ring. And struggle with Norma, whose chance to take care of her classroom's baby shows her just how difficult it is to keep someone safe. Through these and seven other sometimes funny, sometimes tragic stories, Soto chronicles inner-city youths as they strive for something more from their lives - and confront the limitations of their futures. Robert Ramirez's energetic narration captures each memorable character and event. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 10/24/2013

    " This was another Gary Soto book that I really liked. Its stories of kids who lived in Central L.A. Of the crimes they have committed, and then would have a story of how they felt about that moment. really hard to explain there are so many different sides to the story, hope you love it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yarima | 7/9/2013

    " it was a great book gary soto like to keep it some what similar to his other books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/23/2013

    " A nice selection of short stories about the day in the life of the teenage Latino culture in Fresno ,Ca. There were some really good short stories in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erskine (Fogle) Dupree | 7/25/2012

    " This is a good book. I recomend this book to who ever had problems in their child hood. This story is about some kids who constantly get in trouble and it is also about bad things going on in peoples life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nataly | 1/30/2012

    " i think this book is a good book because it talks about how people are in real life but they might not be around you . i also think is a good book because it talks about people i gags "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denajah | 9/19/2011

    " This book really gives a great point that little crimes, like stealing out of corner stores,etc. Can get you into more trouble than you think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 9/5/2011

    " Not as engaging as some of his collections, these felt very raw and appalling in some ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PEN Center USA | 5/4/2011

    " 1999 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Children's Literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 4/24/2011

    " I loved the first four stories in the collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nataly | 4/13/2011

    " i think this book is a good book because it talks about how people are in real life but they might not be around you . i also think is a good book because it talks about people i gags "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yarima | 3/4/2011

    " it was a great book gary soto like to keep it some what similar to his other books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 4/2/2009

    " This was another Gary Soto book that I really liked. Its stories of kids who lived in Central L.A. Of the crimes they have committed, and then would have a story of how they felt about that moment. really hard to explain there are so many different sides to the story, hope you love it :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denajah | 10/7/2007

    " This book really gives a great point that little crimes, like stealing out of corner stores,etc. Can get you into more trouble than you think. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Soto

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

Robert Ramirez came to audiobook narration fresh from his MFA in classical theater. Initially answering a casting call for a narrator who spoke Spanish, Robert has used his Mexican-American background to imbue authentic flavor and dialogue in audio titles. His success with six young adult novels by Gary Soto has gotten our attention, including Taking Sides and Buried Onion. His powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. In his recent performance of Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, a modern fable of “Beauty and the Beast” set in Persia, Robert jumped at the chance to add Farsi and Arabic to his repertoire. We hope to hear Robert in different audiobook venues in coming months.