[Facts of Life Stories] New É Gary Soto

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A theftthis is juxtaposed against Mickey being given adult responsibilities by his father though it almost kills the man this is one of the thematic threadsmoving into a responsible role in Sono with Visits from the Seventh life Mickey wants to make music but doesn t know how to play The story is a bit all over the placebut overhanging is the dread of being caughtbeing kept from moving forwardfor reasons not entirely your fault2 CAPTURING THE MOMENT Instead of being duped into crime here our protagonist Gaby is frustrated in her efforts to move forward by the educational systemspecifically a teacher who has put Gaby into a category in her brainGaby who wants to be an artist paints a idyllic scene that appeared on her property following a great stormthere was aake formedand birds cameGaby drew itand took it to school for praiseonly to be told she was a Remarkable Creatures liarthis is not unlike another girlater in the series THE IDEAL CITY who is ridiculed when she presents to her classmates her version of a perfect societyand her teacher argely ets the class run over her and then the teacher shakes her head when that character stays in the classroom and presents to an empty room The way in which the Education System Here Isolates system here isolates specifically is strong3 IDENTITY THEFT Here is another girlthe story is a bit of a toss offAna Heroes Adrift (Hero, learns perspective when she is at once a threatened by a new girl who has her same first andast name b moves to Escondido and c becomes a new girl with the same first and Chuck and Danielle last name of another girl Soto gets bonus for mentioning Chula Vista and Escondido areas close to my own house in Scripps Ranchand maybeif you take in the other female storiesyou see the blanding of women as a theme Identity This blanding also takes shape in CITIZEN OF THE WORLD4 YOU DECIDE A young boy must choose which parent he willive withhe ultimately decides to take his dog and find a better familyI have a feeling this won t end well The cleaving away from parents is a strong theme here seen in WHERE DID I GO WRONG THE BABYSITTER and D This book is a collection of stories of kids in their teenage Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old lives they face many problems almost everyone had went through The story that stood out to me was the story about Mickey Cortez In this story he had just finished a baseball game with him making theosing strike he was really depressed from that so he went to take a walk on his walk he met a man who needed help His name was Raul and he offered Mickey 30 dollars to help him move things from his house and being a teenager with no job he accepted the offer On the way there in Raul s car Mickey noticed a bunch of cell phones underneath the car seat Personally I wasn t that s big a fan of this one in particular because the stories didn t seem to grab my attention as much as other short story books do in one If The Stories A the stories a boy agrees to help out someone who believed was a friend of the family with some honest days work of moving furniture and appliances and as the day goes on and they spend time together the boy Mikey begins having suspicions that this guy we was working with may be trouble then the 20 bucks he was promised for helping him as they pull up to one of the houses the guy tells Mikey that the house is his grand fathers home and when they get in the house its empty and the pictures of the family inside didn t Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs lookike they were related to Raul the person Mikey is helping at all and so right after they take the plasma screen TV out of the front room and Gray Bishop load it into the back of the pick up truck Mickey decides it would be best for him not to be involved in anything that has to do with Raul so he beings sprinting down the street as fast as he can The story goes on but that s just a exampl. Arents and firstoves these stories are a masterful reminder of why adolescence is one of the most frustrating and fascinating times of ife. For grantedCapturing the Moment It seems to be full of meaning and potential hope but it ends with such despair What right did a pair of egrets have to settle in her yard briefly tease her with beauty and hope and then fly away why does this story existIdentity Theft Interesting this one at east feels ike a true short story with a twisty ending But what s the point The Twisted Ending Of Ana Being The New New Ana Does ending of Ana being the new new Ana does carry enough weight to warrant a repeat readingYou Decide another story with a somewhat down ward ending Hector is Liar leaving his parents who noonger care for him and he no Noir longer cares for them And the solution Running with a stray dogThe Babysitter what an odd story with a very odd ending when the girl decides to drink coffee and actike grown ups Hmm it s almost Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are like a cautionary tale for adults and not a story for childrenCitizen of the World a nice piece ateast with a hopeful and upbeat ending even though there is really not much story to speak of just a straight portrait of an illegal immigrants familyWise Uncle Joe it s amusing enough but another huh kind of storySeeing the Future it s way too didactic and too obvious about the girl who sees how her boyfriend will not turn out to be good for her What a sensible young Gaffer lady but what a bore of a taleThe Ideal City what s the POINT That this girl who is idealistic can only talk to rows of chairs and desks at the end because no humans willisten or respect her Not even her teachers This one is at Circumstantial Evidence least interesting in its destitute attitudeD in English again another non story with a too obvious message delivered didactically The Facts of Life by Gary Soto presents ten short stories featuring characters of Hispanic background I was not impressed by the first story Where Did I Go Wrong Basically Mickey while is helping a young man move things out of a house he realizes he is actually helping him steal Later when he gets home he imagines the man coming to his house and asking him to help steal his own plasma TV He decides he is glad his dad never bought the plasma TV that he had begged for Identity Theft sounded interesting but turns out it was about a new girl in school who just happens to the same name as Ana Hernandez The old Ana is jealous when everyone seemsikes the new Ana better The old Ana receives news Katie YoungShort StoriesThis book is a collection of ten short stories which tell different Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers life stories of Hispanic young adults Some of the stories are heartbreaking while others areight hearted and optimistic All of the stories include a Hispanic young adult who tells their story and allows the reader a snapshot into their ife Some story ines include a boy helping a thief steal a TV without knowing it a young girl finding out she is illegally in the US A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping learning how to deal with bullying finding beauty when surrounded by povertyearning Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) lessons from elders experiencing a night with a terrible babysitter and a young man who is forced by his parents to choose who toive with when they divorceThe Summer Meditations language is straightforward and pleasantly descriptive Some stories include Spanish so there is a glossary of Spanish terms and phrases in the back It is suitable for any young adults but may be appreciated by the younger young adult readers Short story collections are always fun to see their inter connectedness even if it is only coming from my desire to want that to be so Here we go with FACTS OF LIFE1 WHERE DID I GO WRONG This story is muchike the God Said, Ha!: A Memoir last story D IN ENGLISH in that you have a character crashing about the neighborhoodgoing from situation to situationliving moment to momentyou see the Mickey cajoled into helpingocal kid only to find out he is aiding in. Story collection in which the hard knock facts of growing up are captured with humor and poignance Filled with annoying siblings difficult I found these stories about teens to be a bit choppy and not very engaging The story I iked most was called Identity Theft about Ana Hernandez When a new girl named Ana Hernandez moves to her school she feels ike Her Identity Has Been Stolen Reviewed By identity has been stolen Reviewed by Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToocomFACTS OF LIFE is a collection of short stories presenting a variety of adolescent views on growing up Moving from childhood to adulthood is a completely uniue experience presenting a variety of adolescent views on growing up Moving from childhood to adulthood is a completely uniue experience to each individual Gary Soto takes readers into the minds of ten teens and pre teens and a defining moment in each of their On the Right Side of a Dream lives There is Lisa Torres who suddenly realizes what her world of poverty reallyooks Rise and Shine: Encouragement to Start Your Day like to others Sheearns that her personal fascination and appreciation of nature and the works of John Audubon may not be shared by those around her Ana

finds her world turned upside when another Ana Hernandez appears at her school The new Ana is admired and worshipped while the old Ana is Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II lost in the crowd Sheearns about the importance of popularity the hard way by Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq losing it In other stories from the collection readers will meet Hector who must suddenly decide which of his divorcing parents homes he will call his own Rachael experiences the wild side when a new babysitter shows eveness maturity and responsibility than Rachael s Michelin Green Guide Normandy little seven year old brother In Citizen of the World Laurita is exposed to the controversy of the illegal immigrant situation and in D in English Ryan realizes it is time to take the world around him seriously and become a young man instead of aittle child Together these stories merge to form a touching and honest ook at what it means to take the giant step toward being an adult The confusion the disappointment and the challenge of taking this step are evident as Gary Soto masterfully creates his characters and their true to ife experiences Facts of Life Stories is a compilation of short stories that contain similar themes Each story has a young Latin American student who struggles to accept reality in their situations For example Laurita is a young teenager who earns that she is an illegal alien Before she thought she was American until she ooked for her birth certificate and could not find it Her father explains to her that the world is her home and that a paper should not determine that She feels the same way and is passionate about it after she earns that she is in danger of being deported Other stories show similar threads ike the boy who was tricked into stealing His circumstances were a fact of What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World life There was nothing that he could do I would offer this novel to a This book is a collection of short stories Each story is narrated by a young Latina and offers a snapshot into theirife Some of the stories tell of a major I Got a New Friend life event finding out they were born illegally while others deal with daily adolescent traumas feeling as if you don t fit into your family This book would fit in nicely to any middle or high school unit that deals with examiningives None of the stories are sugar coated or overly done In most the narrator is better able to articulate their internal thoughts and feeling better than the average teenager but the content is real enough to pull most kids in This is a collection of mostly unremarkable short stories supposedly all featuring young people with Latino backgroundsNotes on certain storiesWhere Did I Go Wrong the story does not uite go anywhere It has a slight sinister and odd tone but did not become developed One never is sure whether Raul really is a thief or a devil in disguise Or is he someone who comes to remind the boy of the good things in ife even if they seemed mundane and. What do Gaby Lopez Michael Robles and Cynthia Rodriguez have in common These three kids join other teens and tweens in Gary Soto's new short. ,
Facts of Life Stories