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    • Baseball in April

    • And Other Stories
    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Diaz, Miguel Gongora
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    In these 11 stories, Gary Soto scores again. With a sensitivity and humor born from his own experiences while growing up in California's Central Valley, the author brings to the surface issues such as success and failure, honesty and deceit, love and friendship.

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Taking Sides

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Eighth-grader Linc Mendoza has moved from a dusty San Francisco barrio to a well-groomed suburb and a new junior high school. Suddenly he's in the minority, a Mexican-American in a mostly white school. The basketball coach is tough on him. Classes are even tougher. And his best friend is back in the old neighborhood. To make things worse, the basketball team is scheduled to play against Linc's old school in a league game. How can Linc play his best when he's shooting against his former teammates?

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Petty Crimes

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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 stories about the risky situations and dangerous little scams faced by young people growing up on the harsh streets of the city.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Buried Onions

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    All Eddie wants is to find a way out of the dangerous life he's living, where his friends are lost in a world of drugs and violence. Even his aunt wants to give him a gun so he can avenge the death of her son. But no matter how hard he works, Eddie can't seem to pull himself away from the sweltering sadness of the city. It's as if giant onions had been buried beneath him, Eddie thinks, releasing shimmering vapors off the black asphalt all around.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good story

    • By James Gibson on 12-07-17

    Regular price: $16.95

    • The Afterlife

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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 murdered, his mind leaves his body. Now he must get used to being an invisible spirit, one who watches his friends and family deal with his death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • greates book ever

    • By Leslie Torres on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Summer Life

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Daniel Duque-Estrada
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    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 listener to a ground-level perspective, recreating 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 baseball". The child’s world is made up of small things - small, very important things.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Living Up the Street

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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 sister Debra. As this compilation of 21 short stories and articles illustrates, there is no limit to the amount of fun a child can have, or how much he can terrorize siblings and neighbors if his imagination is active.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing

    • By Rod C. on 10-04-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Jesse

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    To get away from his chaotic, often violent parents, 17-year-old Jesse has moved into an apartment with his brother. They are both taking community college courses in Fresno. But to pay for them, they must take whatever jobs they can find, even backbreaking field work. The path to a good education isn't going to be an easy one for these two young Mexican-Americans. As Jesse absorbs information in his classes, he learns harsher lessons from the people around him.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Accidental Love

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    It all starts when Marisa picks up the wrong cell phone. When she returns it to Rene, she feels curiously drawn to him. But Marisa and Rene aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. For one thing, Marisa is a chola; she’s a lot of girl, and she’s not ashamed of it. Skinny Rene gangles like a sackful of elbows and wears a calculator on his belt. In other words, he’s a geek. So why can’t Marisa stay away from him?

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Summer on Wheels

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Anthony Perez
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Hector and his amigo Mando are looking for adventure as they hit the road on a leisurely bike trip from their East L.A. neighborhood to the beach in Santa Monica. They've just set out when the fun begins, as Hector literally stumbles into a starring role in a TV commercial. Then he turns out to be the one-millionth fan at a Dodger game--and is escorted to a private box and treated like a VIP!

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Pacific Crossing

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    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 for martial arts, and practicing the art of kempo. When Lincoln arrives in Japan, he is surprised to find that the dojo is a vacant lot. He will be living on a small farm with the Ono family, whose mother reminds him of his own. The father likes to play practical jokes, and the son, Mitsuo, likes baseball.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Less than acceptable

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Crazy Weekend

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Anthony Perez
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Hector's mother suggests that he and his amigo Mando get out of East L.A. for the weekend and see some of the world, he's thinking Paris. So he's a little disappointed when they end up in Fresno, sleeping on a lumpy couch in his Uncle Julio's messy apartment. Hector figures it's going to be one boring weekend. He couldn't be more wrong.

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Too Many Tamales

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 precious ring lying on the table. Just to see what it feels like, she slips it on and continues her work. The real trouble begins later when she notices the ring is missing. Could it have been cooked into one of the tamales?

    Regular price: $11.02

    • Chato and the Party Animals

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Luis Guzman
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Chato decides to throw a birthday party - a 'pachanga' - for his best friend, Novio boy and everyone is invited, including you!

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Off and Running

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Fifth-grader Miata Ramirez is running for class president. Her best friend, Ana, is her running mate. The girls are stunned when they learn they are running against class clown Rudy Herrera and his friend Alex. At first Miata is certain she will win the election. She has big plans to make the school a better place. She’ll clean up the graffiti, plant flowers and trees, and get computers. Rudy is confident he’ll get the votes by promising longer recess periods and selling the students ice cream every day. Who will come out on top?

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Too Many Tamales

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Blanca Camacho
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Everyone is coming for Christmas dinner at Maria's house. She and her mother prepare by kneading the "masa" to make tamales. When her mother takes off her ring, maria tries it on - and is beside herself when, hours later, she thinks it has been kneaded into the tamales.

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Chato's Kitchen

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Cheech Marin
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Chato invites a family of mice to his house to share a tasty meal but to his surprise ends up eating tortillas and not them for dinner!

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Instant Winner

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An original novella from award-winning children's author and poet Gary Soto. Jason Rodriguez is a 12-year-old who never had muchluck - until he wins $3,700 in the lottery and becomes an Instant Winner! Jason can't believe he's won the lottery and decides he will use the money to get his crazy Uncle Mike out of jail. That's where the real adventure begins.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Chato's Kitchen

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: Reza Salazar
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juiciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and the beans - everything you'd need for a welcoming feast, except for the main dish, and the guests of honor. Of course, in Chato's mind they are one and the same thing. But the mice are bringing a surprise guest of their own.

    Regular price: $7.00

    • When Dad Came Back

    • By: Gary Soto
    • Narrated by: August Ross
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What happens when the dad you don’t know suddenly invades your life? Gabe Mendoza is off to the library when his long-absent father appears - and looks to be homeless. His father wants to reestablish a relationship, but 13-year-old Gabe is hesitant. He’s confused. And his Mom is mad. Should Gabe allow his father back into his life, or keep his distance? Can Gabe’s dad, with all his failings, clean up his act? This powerful novella by best-selling author Gary Soto will ring true to kids who can relate to the everyday challenges of one-parent home life.

    Regular price: $13.96