Living Up The Street by Gary Soto
(Laurel-Leaf Books)

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In a prose that is so beautiful it is poetry, we  see the world of growing up and going somewhere  through the dust and heat of Fresno's industrial  side and beyond: It is a boy's coming of age in the  barrio, parochial school, attending church, public  summer school, and trying to fall out of love so he  can join in a Little League baseball team.

  His is a clarity that rings constantly through the  warmth and wry reality of these sometimes  humorous, sometimes tragic, always human remembrances.

About Gary Soto

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Gary Soto's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at
Published June 27, 2012 by Laurel Leaf. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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These 21 pungent narrative recollections explore the vicissitudes of growing up in the barrio.

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