Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio

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Scholastic Inc., 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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Award-winning picture-book author Tony Johnston presents the poignant story of a loving Mexican-American family in East L.A. in her first novel for young readers.

Los Angeles is a place of movie stars and fast cars and people who are too rich and people who are too poor. An area of freeway chases and drive-bys and death. But there's another L.A., one where warmth and humor and humanity pervade. Where a tacqueria sign declares: "One cause, one people, one taco."

This L.A. is a place where random acts of generosity and goodwill improve the lives of the community. Any Small Goodness is a novel filled with hope, love, and warmth.

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RGG: Set in the barrios of Los Angles, and not pulling any punches about the violence of the place, a middle-school aged boy describes through connected vignettes the goodness in the people in his ... Read full review

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Arturo lives with his family in Los Angeles. This book follows his observations of people he knows: his parents, his grandmother, gang members, his librarian, a volunteer who coaches at his school ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Tony Johnston is the author of nearly 100 picture books and early readers, including The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague. Her first novel, Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, was named an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Security, and a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book. It was also awarded the first annual Southern California Booksellers' Association Children's Book Award. Ms. Johnston lives in California with her husband.

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