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In his first novel for young adults, Gary Soto paints a moving portrait of two sweet, ambitious Mexican American brothers who hope junior college will help them escape their heritage of tedious physical labor. Their struggles are humorous, true to life, and deeply affecting, and young adults will sympathize with them as they work through their problems and eventually come to terms with what is possible in an imperfect world. "Readers looking for a finely written, contemplative narrative will appreciate this work."--School Library Journal
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 146.05 x 215.9 x 19.05mm | 350g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 015240239X
  • 9780152402396

About Gary Soto

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
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250 ratings
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5 16% (39)
4 27% (68)
3 28% (70)
2 18% (44)
1 12% (29)
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