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Too Many Tamales

by Gary Soto

|August 8, 1996

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Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen…
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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,…

Crazy Weekend

by Gary Soto

|May 27, 2003

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When Hector and his friend Mando, seventh-graders, visit Uncle Julio, a photographer in Fresno, they have more excitement than they ever imagined. On a photo shoot in a rickety old plane, they spot an armored car heist, and Uncle Julio snaps some shots of the…

Accidental Love

by Gary Soto

|December 19, 2007

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It all starts when Marisa picks up the wrong cell phone. When she returns it to Rene, she feels curiously drawn to him. But Marisa and Rene aren't exactly a match made in heaven. For one thing, Marisa is a chola ; she's a lot of girl, and she's not ashamed of…

Nickel and Dime

by Gary Soto

|January 1, 2000

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"I'm outta here! I got a future!" crows Roberto Silva when he is down-sized out of his job as a security guard at a bank in Oakland. But Roberto's future isn't the one he was looking forward to. This is the 1990s, and upward mobility in the city requires…
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The Spanish translation of the modern holiday classic Too Many Tamales! La mamá de María prepara un montón de tamales para celebrar la nochebuena. María le ayuda a prepararlos pero se prueba el anillo de su madre y lo pierde en la…
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¡Vamos de pachanga! A Chato—el gato más chévere del barrio—le encantan las fiestas. Cuando se entera de que su amigo Novio Boy nunca ha tenido una fiesta de cumpleaños, Chato decide organizarle una pachanga de sorpresa.…
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With real wit and heart, Gary Soto takes readers into the lives of young people in ten funny, heartbreaking tales. Meet Carolina, who writes to Miss Manners for help not just with etiquette but with bigger messes in her life; Javier, who knows the stories his…

Jesse: A Novel

by Gary Soto

|September 11, 2006

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In this new edition of his first young adult novel, Gary Soto paints a moving portrait of seventeen-year-old Jesse, who has left his parents' home to live with his older brother. These Mexican American brothers hope junior college will help them escape their…

Chato Y Su Cena

by Gary Soto

|September 22, 1997

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Ganador del premio de ilustración Pura Belpré 1996 The Spanish edition of a modern classic. Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juciest,…
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On his thirteenth birthday, Ronnie woke up feeling like a chimp - all long armed, big eared, and gangly. He's been muddling through each gawky day since. Now his best friend, Joey, has turned thirteen, too - and after Joey humiliates himself in front of a cute…
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Gary Soto is a poet and, in his previous writing life, author of children’s literature. Moreover, he is an essayist whose works, such as Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, and What Poets Are Like, were celebrated for their openness and vivid image-making.…