A Summer Life

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Dell, 1991 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 150 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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Contents

PART
3
The Inner Tube
51
The Haircut
58
The Catfish
65
The Hero 101
100
The Babysitter
108
The Stray
114
The Canal
121
The DriveIn Movies
128
The Talk
136
The Wrestlers
143
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About the author (1991)

Gary Soto has written six poetry collections, prose recollections, and several books of essays.  His first young adult short story collection, Baseball in April and Other Stories, has been one of the most widely discussed and reviewed books of 1990.  He is Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and English at the University of California, Berkeley.  

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