When Dad Came Back by Gary Soto

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Gabe Mendoza is off to the library when his long-absent father appears--and looks to be homeless. His father wants to reestablish a relationship, but thirteen-year-old Gabe is hesitant. He's confused. And his Mom is mad. Should Gabe allow his father back into his life, or keep his distance? Can Gabe's dad, with all his failings, clean up his act?

This powerful novella by bestselling author Gary Soto will ring true to kids--and grown-ups--who can relate to the everyday challenges of one-parent home life. Soto's strong voice and poignant characters will draw you into Gabe's world and the decisions that will change his life.

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 www.garysoto.com.
Published August 30, 2011 by University Press of New England. 152 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 5–7—Four years ago, Gabe Mendoza's father drove away in the family car, leaving Gabe (now 13 years old) and his mother to fend for themselves in a run-down neighborhood in Fresno, California. Now, dirty, homeless, and ill, Gabe's father returns. At first, the teenager doesn't recognize the sha...

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