A Fire in My Hands: Poems

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Harcourt, Incorporated, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 74 pages
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Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities.     Acclaimed by educators since its original publication in 1998, A Fire in My Hands has been revised and expanded in this new edition. Old and new fans of Soto's work will welcome the return of his compelling poems. One of the poems in this collection, "Oranges," is a Common Core State Standards Exemplar (Grades 6-8, Poetry).
Includes an introduction and an interview with the author.

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User Review  - Krista Stevens - Goodreads

Thought this might be a nice companion to the Grade 7 short story unit by Soto, but it is written for an older audience -the poems are inspired by Soto's growing up in California. I liked a couple ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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 and short story collections, two plays, and poetry for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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