A Summer Life
A Summer Life
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Annotation: Autobiography of the popular Californian author and poet.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #4712118
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Dell
Copyright Date: 1990
Edition Date: 1990
Pages: 150 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-440-21024-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-440-21024-5
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 89040614
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
About this collection of 39 sensitive essays and short stories, PW said, ``Soto the realist does not neglect his boyhood mischief, and his sly sense of humor is exercised throughout.'' Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
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Word Count: 37,831
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 180757 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:11.0 / quiz:Q24390
Lexile: 990L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

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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