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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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A lovely collection of short stories about Latinx kids in the 10 to 16 year old range. The stories all have a ring of truth to them. A few coming of age stories, a few tales of young children feeling the kinds of things all young children feel, a few about first loves, and quite a few about a kid's natural desire to be good at something. ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 19, 2020 |
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 |
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