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Novio Boy: A Play by Gary Soto
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Novio Boy: A Play

by Gary Soto

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This is a great book to read to a diverse group of secondary students. The book includes a lot of things specific to the Latino culture. The book has content that would engage secondary students and because it is written in the form of a play it is a great whole group read because students can role read. information on this book can be found at http://curriculum.dpsk12.org/lang_literacy_cultural/literacy/sec_lit/archives/pl...
  CjWilson | Apr 14, 2010 |
This would be an English and Drama's teacher's dream lesson to have a class read and perform this. The story is humorous with English and Spanish throughout the story. Of course, it appeals mostly to native speakers who understand the culture, but everyone could relate to the issues of awkwardness in dating, not to mention family members who interfere. (There's a Spanish glossary at the end to help non-Spanish speakers get the "gist".) ( )
  smg626 | May 9, 2008 |
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What a treat: an honest-to-goodness play! Budding actors and drama coaches will enjoy this lighthearted story about the awkwardness and excitement of young love in a Mexican American community. Perhaps the word "enjoy" is an understatement ... I do believe that young actors will have a hard time not laughing along with the audience once the curtain goes up. Gary Soto, author and poet extraordinaire, breaks a leg with this fast-paced, delightful look at dating from both the male and female perspectives. The transcendent theme and its helpful glossary of Spanish words and phrases will give this play broad appeal. Bravo!

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Rudy anxiously prepares for and then goes out on a first date with an attractive girl who is older than he is. Ninth-grade Rudy has asked eleventh-grade Patricia out on a date, and to his amazement she has agreed. Now Rudy has to come up with the money, the poise, and the conversation to carry it off. This one-act play, by turns heartwarming and heart-wrenching, follows Rudy from his desperate search for guidance from family and friends through the hilarities of the date itself, all the way to its successful conclusion. To present a new kind of coming-of-age story, a play is the way.… (more)

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