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Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary…

Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Gary Soto

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A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.



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Summary; This little chapter book full of different stories tells the tale of a average student. From crooked teeth all the way to baseball try outs its a great book to read for kids to relate to many of the other short stories in this book. Its a must read, you could use this in a classroom by informing kids on life as a student especially if they can relate. Must read! ( )
  LilOso | Apr 12, 2018 |
Gracefully written, engaging, authentic little slice of life episodes. Each snuck in a life lesson or two. Still, I have to take a star off for how much pop culture was used, which made it immediately dated. The experiences and lessons are meant to be universal - as in, 'we're all the same people, diverse but with the same dreams' - but they just didn't feel that way.

Otoh, if the reader does have even a single point in common with the characters (poor, Hispanic, young teen, Catholic, immigrant, *or* plays baseball or Barbie), he or she will probably enjoy it more than I did, as I am none of those things. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This collection of short stories had a few okay ones (Broken Chain,Seventh Grade, Mother and Daughter), but some were just plain boring narratives in which little happens and when the stories end, you wonder if you're missing a page or something. What? That's IT? you ask. For reals, that's it. Sometimes, though, he really does capture a middle school moment so well. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
RGG: A sweet collection of short stories. A bit dated, and mostly for younger middle-schoolers.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 23, 2014 |
The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California’s Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. 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. ( )
  Daniel613 | Sep 16, 2014 |
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