A Summer Life

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UPNE, 1990 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 115 pages
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Gary Soto writes that when he was five "what I knew best was at ground level." In this lively collection of short essays, Soto takes his reader to a ground-level perspective, resreating in vivid detail the sights, sounds, smells, and textures he knew growing up in his Fresno, California, neighborhood. The "things" of his boyhood tie it all together: his Buddha "splotched with gold, " the taps of his shoes and the "engines of sparks that lived beneath my soles, " his worn tennies smelling of "summer grass, asphalt, the moist sock breathing the defeat of basesall." The child's world is made up of small things--small, very important things.
 

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im reading this story with my class and it is really boring most of you may like this book but this is my opinion

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Contents

PART ONE
1
The Buddha
3
The Grandfather
5
The Taps
8
The Hand Brake
10
The Giant
12
The Bike
15
The Almonds
17
The Chicks
55
The New and Old Tennies
58
The Guardian Angel
60
The Fights
63
The Gymnast
65
The Promises
68
The Locket
71
The Hero
77

The Magic Tricks
20
The War Years
23
The Sirens
26
The Colors
28
The Rhino
31
The Shirt
33
PART TWO
37
The Inner Tube
39
The Pie
42
The Haircut
44
The Confession
47
The Catfish
49
The InBetween Dinner Snacks
52
The Beatles
80
The Babysitter
82
The Stray
87
The Weather
90
The Canal
92
The Nile
94
The Drivein Movies
97
The Groups
100
The Talk
104
The Computer Date
106
The Wrestlers
109
The River
112
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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.

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