Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Gary Soto

Strong evocations of childhood and young adolescence unfold in eleven original stories... read more

Strong evocations of childhood and young adolescence unfold in eleven original stories concerning ordinary contemporary youth: Michael and Jesse trying out for the Little League for the third year in a row; Lupe Medrano with a "razor-sharp mind" and the will to become a champion in one sport or another; and the young teenager who feels too old to be with the family on a vacation and too uncertain of independence to enjoy being left behind. Distinctive low-key humor, well crafted opening and closing sentences, small surprises in external dialogue and internal action earmark brief works of fiction about Mexican-American family/neighborhood/school life in central California valley towns. The universal experiences hold high appeal for male and female readers alike. The glossary defines the Spanish language words and phrases used in context throughout the book. Honor Book, 1990 CCBC Newbery Book Discussion. (Ages 11-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990

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