Petty Crimes

by Gary Soto

A hard-hitting short story collection takes a hard look at teens and preteens on the edge.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780152054373
  • ISBN-10: 0152054375
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication Date: 05/01/2006
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book

Meet Manuel, a young man who wears hand-me-downs from his older brothers until he finally gets a brand-new pair of shoes. And Jose Luis, who watches the vet bills rise after he buys a sick rooster to save it from becoming someone's dinner. And Alma, a young woman who runs to every shop and flea market in town buying back the clothes of her dead mother that her father has given away. These Mexican American youths meet life's challenges head-on in this hard-hitting collection of short stories.

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


"All of these stories exhibit dazzling imagery and Soto's intense understanding of his subjects . . . Lively, absorbing, and meaningful."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)