Baseball in April and Other Stories
by Gary Soto
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Short Stories
Synopsis: In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes-love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joy and pain of young people everywhere.
The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.
from the back of the book
Review: This book is made up of a collection of short stories about Latino kids in California. The kids are mainly early teenagers which makes this book a hard one to figure out what is the appropriate age for the reader. The reading level is not too complex but the characters are mature so I would recommend this book for junior high age kids. None of the stories really grabbed me but as I've mentioned in other reviews, I'm not a fan of short stories. The characters and language seemed a little dated which makes sense as this book is copyrighted in 1990. I'm not sure that kids today would relate to the stories. Some books are written in a way that make the book timeless but this one was not.
Rating: 2.5 stars