Local News: Stories

by Gary Soto and Mike Benny

In this follow-up to Baseball in April, Gary Soto gives readers a baker's dozen of smartly funny and surprisingly moving short stories about the pitfalls and triumphs of the teen years.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780152046958
  • ISBN-10: 015204695X
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 03/01/2003
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book

In thirteen stories full of wit and energy, Gary Soto illuminates the ordinary lives of young people. Meet Angel, who would rather fork over twenty bucks than have photos of his naked body plastered all over school; Philip, who discovers he has a "mechanical mind," whatever that means; Estela, known as Stinger, who rules José's heart and the racquetball court; and many other kids, all of them with problems as big as only a preteen can make them.
Funny, touching, and wholly original, Local News is Gary Soto in top form.

About the author
Gary Soto

Gary Soto's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at www.garysoto.com.


"Another first-rate collection from a perceptive and sensitive chronicler of ordinary life."--The Horn Book (starred review)

"As always, Soto shows that the concerns and triumphs of Latino children are no different from anyone's, and . . . their misadventures are treated with a light touch."--Kirkus Reviews

"The stories show the humor of growing up as well as the anguish."--Booklist