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Baseball in April and Other Stories

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Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Gary Soto
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Eleven short stories by award-winning poet Soto portray Latino kids bridging the span between cultures and generations. Soto brings sensitivity and humor to these portrayals of first love, deceit, success vs. failure and the ups and downs of friendship.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Editors' Choice
Hornbook Fanfare Selection

Eleven short stories by award-winning poet Soto portray Latino kids bridging the span between cultures and generations. Soto brings sensitivity and humor to these portrayals of first love, deceit, success vs. failure and the ups and downs of friendship.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Editors' Choice
Hornbook Fanfare Selection

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  • AudioFile Magazine Gary Soto, fiction writer and award-winning poet, captures the everyday life of Latino young people and their families and friends in these 11 stories. Soto explores issues that are important to young people, like failure, honesty and love. Diaz and Gongora do a good job capturing the emotions of young people and skillfully reflect the confusion, frustration and joy of the characters. Both readers have "young" voices that convey an appropriate vulnerability. Each cassette is clearly marked with the stories it contains. P.B.J. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 31, 2000
    ``Honest and moving,'' said PW about these 11 contemporary short stories, adding that ``Most readers will recognize truths revealed through everyday events and will appreciate Soto's ability to crystallize a moment.'' Ages 10-up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 31, 2000
    Diaz and Gongora give Soto's heartfelt collection just the right spark of Latino flavor in this sharp audio production. From Jesse, a nine-year-old struggling to improve his baseball skills in "Baseball in April" to Veronica, who is crushed when her new, much cherished Barbie doll is ruined, Soto introduces vivid characters who struggle with the longing, hope and acceptance that are part of everyday life. Soto's accessible writing voice and poetic language permeate these 11 tales of first dates, worries about one's looks and the difficulties of dealing with idiosyncratic family members. With the help of solid performances (and crisp pronunciation of the smattering of Spanish words and phrases) by Diaz and Gongora, listeners will take away a real sense of what it was like for many Mexican-American kids growing up in California's Central Valley (including Fresno, Soto's hometown) not so many years ago. Ages 10-up.

  • -Publishers Weekly Diaz and Gongora give Soto's heartfelt collection just the right spark of Latino flavor in this sharp audio production. With the help of solid performances (and crisp pronunciation of the smattering of Spanish words and phrases), listeners will take away a real sense of what it was like for many Mexican-American kids growing up in California's Central Valley...
  • - School Library Journal "The enthusiastic narration by Stephanie Diaz and Miguel Gongora is done with just the right tempo. The brief selections are ideal for classroom use as well as for listeners with short attention spans. These short stories are well suited to the audio format and will be an enriching addition to audio collections."
  • - AudioFile "Diaz and Gongora do a good job capturing the emotions of young people and skillfully reflect the confusion, frustration and joy of the characters. Both readers have "young" voices that convey an appropriate vulnerability."
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