Local News by Gary Soto
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A collection of short stories features such intriguing characters as Alma, who wears her brother's football uniform for one last year of trick-or-treating, and Nacho, who sets out to save Earth by becoming a vegetarian. By the author of Baseball in April.
 

About Gary Soto

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Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America. Soto is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, with New and Selected Poems a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His recollections Living Up the Street received a Before Columbus Foundation 1985 American Book Award.
 
Published March 15, 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The author of Baseball in April (1990) offers 13 more domestic reversals of fortune.

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Publishers Weekly

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In PW's words, Soto ``once again creates a vibrant tapestry of Chicano American neighborhoods in this... collection of stories highlighting small yet significant moments in the lives of 13 adolescents

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Once again, the author of Taking Sides and Pacific Crossing creates a vibrant tapestry of Chicano American neighborhoods in this newest collection of stories highlighting small yet significant moments in the lives of 13 adolescents.

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