Hey, 13! by Gary Soto

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Being thirteen is happy, sad, humiliating, surprising, wonderful, awful, exciting, boring -- in other words, full of ups and downs. The thirteen-year-olds in Gary Soto's thirteen stories experience all this and more. In one story, a girl's world is turned upside down when she visits a college campus where she expects to find a rarified atmosphere of intellectual pursuit, only to meet a tour guide who is tattooed, overly pierced, hungover, and not at all focused on academics. In another, two girls test the attraction of their new bodies by flirting with boys at a mall and then find themselves in an uncomfortable and somewhat frightening situation. The stories in this book are about family relationships, friendships, self-worth, and questions of integrity.

About Gary Soto

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Gary Sotorsquo;s first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, was a standout book among literature about Latin American young people. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and children. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and his hometown of Fresno in Californiarsquo;s San Joaquin Valley. Visit his website at www.garysoto.com.
Published May 15, 2012 by Holiday House. 197 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An inexperienced middle-school honor student’s eye-opening visit to a liberal-arts college starts the collection, and a far less naïve young girl has an equally revealing visit to a friend’s house in the 13th and final tale.

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In 13 candid short stories, Soto (Accidental Love) exposes important, perspective-altering moments in the lives of contemporary 13-year-olds, many with Latino backgrounds, and the spiraling emotions that are synonymous with adolescence.

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