Buried Onions

You can pray and sometimes God listens, says 19-year-old Eddie. "Other times he’s far away in India or Africa or maybe close to home in Fresno, his body sprawled on the floor,...

Too Many Tamales

This endearing story stars Maria, a young girl who is now old enough to help her mother make the traditional Christmas tamales. While kneading the masa, she spots her mom’s...

Petty Crimes

In books like Buried Onions and Boys at Work Gary Soto displays a gift for revealing the tough, heart-breaking life of contemporary urban kids. In Petty Crimes, Soto offers 10...

The Afterlife

Adept at portraying Latino teenage culture, author Gary Soto has won many honors, including an ALA Best Book Award for his young adult novels. After an East Fresno student is...

Living Up the Street

Growing up Mexican-American in Fresno, California in the 1950's and 60's might not have been easy, but it was certainly never boring for young Gary Soto, his brother Rick and...

Pacific Crossing

Lincoln is happy to be going to Japan as a martial arts exchange student. So is Tony, his barrio brother from San Francisco. They’re excited about living in a dojo, or school...