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Baseball in April and Other Stories

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  872 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California’s Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. Crooked teeth, ponytailed girls, embarrassing grandfathers, imposter Barbies, annoying brothers, Little League tryouts, and karate lessons weave the ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Jalen Joseph
Mar 31, 2016 Jalen Joseph rated it really liked it
I think that this book is about that this book would be good to read because it describes the steps that the boy took to accomplish the goal of trying to play baseball.Other people should read the book and them they will understand the concept of the steps that was took to have the boy Gary play baseball.
May 03, 2015 Allen rated it liked it
The book Baseball in April, by Gary Soto is a book that describes the daily lives of Latin American youngsters. Although different from many other novels I've read, because of the fact that it contains 11 subplots, the book is rich in suspense, plot development, and is great in context. The stories are set around different people with different backgrounds, however they all live in the working-class neighborhoods in cities of California’s Central Valley. This gives you a surreal insight of how l ...more
Tony Ruiz
Apr 23, 2010 Tony Ruiz rated it it was amazing
Baseball in April and Other Stories – Gary Soto
Grade: 5-8
Pages: 128
Theme: Growing up, Family, Friendship, Hardships
Awards: ALA Best book for Young Adults, Beatty Award, Booklist Editors Choice, Horn Book Fanfare Selection, Judy Lopez Memorial Award, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Parenting Reading Magic Award
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Response: After reading this books, I believe many middle schoolers could easily relate to at least 1 story. Some are funny, some give that deep, real
L-Crystal Wlodek
This book is a novel recommended for children ages 9-12 and is A Booklist Editors Choice, A Hornbook Fanfare Selection, A Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book, A Parenting Reading Magic Award Book, A Beatty Award Winner, A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. It is a unique collection short stories that display the themes of love, friendship, growing up, success, and failure. Through this book, readers get to see and feel the joy and pain poor Latino Me ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Scot rated it really liked it
These stories made me smile. They filled me with nostalgia for my own childhood (or at least the parts of it where I wasn't being beat up for being a fag) and reminded me of the resilience of children, who manage to rise up through the cracks of pavement meant to choke out community, isolate and alienate us as immigrants, people of color, and exploited workers. In relative ignorance of what it feels like to know that no matter how hard you try, the finish line for you is this tenement, project, ...more
Amari Keo
Dec 01, 2015 Amari Keo rated it really liked it
Baseball in April and others stories by Gary Soto is a fantastic book. Because I love every sport existing. But my opinion, is that it was made only for baseball players. Thats basically what the story is all about. Jesse practices and practices with his brother Michael to make the team. But what’s funny, is that Michael has never made the team. And he’s good. However, I might recommend this book to any reader, but mostly to baseball players. Otherwise I do love this book.
Jan 28, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
This book that am reading is called Baseball In April written by Gary Soto. The genre of the book is fiction and was published on the 1990. Also I had picked this book because it remind of me playing baseball. Even my expectations were to read more Gary Soto books.

One of my favorite scene is when Alfonso was sitting on the porch fixing his teeth to make it straight then comes his older brother Ernie to tell him to go eat and smacked him. On the other hand my favorite character was Alfonso becaus
Madison Godfrey
Apr 30, 2014 Madison Godfrey rated it really liked it
Baseball in April is a collection of eleven short stories all-recounting the everyday lives of Mexican teenagers. Although each story is different, they all star a young Mexican teen whose story can relate to every teen. Each story has a lesson to be told, and each theme relates to family, self-confidence, or friends. Whether reading about the joy a girl finds in receiving a new doll, realizing that playing and having fun is more important than winning, or finally getting the girl of your dreams ...more
Joseph Mirabal
Apr 14, 2014 Joseph Mirabal rated it did not like it
ok basically this book is just a bunch of stories about mexican kids in summer. Now none of these kids are exactly the sharpest tools in the shed making the entire book quite boring.
THis book greatly stereotyped Mexicans to the point that i was constantly rolling my eyes as i read it.

i believe i was given this book as a way to "connect to my mexican heritage" and it has failed.

all i can say is that people put too much emphasis on their grand heritage's. oh wow your part italian and Russian that
Nov 05, 2008 Mugdha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
great book with many little stories..
Luis Mario
Dec 21, 2015 Luis Mario rated it really liked it
Baseball in April and other Stories is beautiful because of its humility. Mr. Soto's voice is ordinary, but his words paint clear pictures. He writes with Zen-like accuracy and simplicity.

The book is a series of short stories about growing up Mexican-American in Southern California. After having re-visited Las Angeles in 2013, it was wonderful to be transported back to the warm cloudless skies of Fresno and Inglewood. The book has a pure Chicano accent and I felt as if I’d met his characters be
Jessica Abarquez
Jan 29, 2008 Jessica Abarquez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interest level: ages 11 – 16
Shelves: power-player
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Chris Maynard

Purpose: Multicultural Literature (Wide Reading Project)

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Format: Short story

Age Level: Intermediate (I): grades 3-5/6 (ages 9-12)

Themes: adolescence; poverty; “young love”; sports; family; acceptance; dreams; materialism; school

Cultures: Mexican American culture

Read Aloud: No

Literary Elements: Various short stories on multiple, relevant topics for adolescents, including dealing with crushes and bullies, wanting to be sports stars or guitar Gods, yearning to be independent
Jan 16, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it
In this book there are quite a bit of themes people growing up, kids, kids growing up, family members, getting along with family, heritage, friendships, and getting over hard times, love, and success and failure. I believe the author tried hard to show what goes on in a middle school student’s life. This book is split into eleven short stories which are just the chapters in each one it teaches different morals and portray different ideas. All the kids are of Latino decent and they are all differ ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Rhys rated it liked it
Shelves: grade-8-ir-books
The book Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto consisted of 11 short stories. they all are about different characters and stories. Some of the stories were good and some were not. The ones that were good were Baseball in April, seventh grade and growing up. I think that these 3 were the best because they had a very good moral. The rest were ok but they didn't have the same type of moral that the 3 had.

Text to text connection

In the book athletic shorts they have pretty much the same
Jonathan S
Mar 25, 2015 Jonathan S rated it did not like it
This book is full of many short stories that are not related at all. The reason I kept reading was in hope that the author would eventually bring all the short stories together in some way. After reading one the author stops mentioning it and never comes back to it. The ending was very random and I didn't even know the book was almost done it just stopped. This book is terrible and I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.
Ivanildo DEPINA
Apr 17, 2011 Ivanildo DEPINA rated it liked it
This book is most about baseball, but it also talk about deferent things, I mean each capitol talk about different character.Is most about love and friendship. The first capitol talk about Michael and Jesse, they both love baseball, one good than another, but both of them were trying to do their best. I like this book because is about two brothers and good friends with love to play baseball together and fighting to do their best. also i like the part when Victor shows off in French class just t ...more
Gabriel Ramos
Sep 03, 2013 Gabriel Ramos rated it it was amazing
The book Baseball in April and Other Stories is very entertaining and full of different stories that chicanos had during their childhood. There are lots of characters in the book since there are so many stories in the book like in the character in one stories is Alfonso in Broken Chains. Alfonso is thirteen years old and is trying to look handsome so that he could impress the girls. The setting in the books usually takes place in California. One conflict in the book is that Jesse and Micheal try ...more
Bethany Venus
Jun 11, 2010 Bethany Venus rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories paints the reader a picture of what life is like for Hispanic-American young adults growing up in California. Major themes include age, love, friendship, success, and failure. The stories are very relatable for young teens because they deal with everyday issues such as school, baseball, and family relationships. These stories also give insight into the Hispanic heritage of the characters and the area where they are growing up.

I really liked these stories. I thin
May 25, 2014 Lizette rated it really liked it
I remember reading one story in middle school and I fell in love with the story!! One of my favorite stories is when a grandpa takes his grandson to look at houses and makes him estimate the prices if them! A fav moment is in another story where a boy tries to straighten his teeth and works out which I found hilarious ! Hahaha
Mike M
Sep 11, 2013 Mike M rated it did not like it
I did not like Gary Soto's baseball in April and other stories because it was hard to follow with all the different stories. To start off this novel absolutely nothing to do with actual baseball so I was kind of mis-lead by the title. The changing of the stories that did not connect with one another confused me, I was getting mixed up between stories because some were quite similar. I only liked one passage from the whole novel and that was the one that actually had something to do with baseball ...more
Jake T
Apr 10, 2016 Jake T rated it it was amazing
Baseball in April and Other stories by Gary Soto is another great book by this author. I liked it because its my type of reading style which is written in short stories all put together to make one, I also enjoyed it because I play baseball. The main setting is in California . Main characters are Alfonzo , his older brother Ernie , a girl who he (Alfonzo) crushes on named Sandra which is the main conflict, that he wants to get the girl. Baseball comes into play from his father who's on a team. I ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it
It's a really good book I recomened it because it takes place in the summer and it's a boy and his older brother and he likes this girl and she also like him and there are 2 other boys a little brother and older and they are trying out for little Leug baseball I would also read another book by the same author

Bea Elwood
Oct 15, 2015 Bea Elwood rated it really liked it
Shelves: sixth-grade
I was surprised to see this was written in 1990, it is still so accessible and a pleasure to read. You don't even notice they don't have cell phones or get on the internet ;) The stories are all so personable and filled with emotion. "Barbie" pierced my heart and spoke to the nine-year old me. Perfect for students.
Erin Fowler
Nov 15, 2015 Erin Fowler rated it liked it
If your looking for a book with a recurring theme of wanting to be wealthy then this is the book for you! I didn't enjoy most of the stories in this book. They are very short and some ended rather oddly. If you like short stories you can give it a whirl but this reader would not recommend it.
Robby Smith
Sep 18, 2013 Robby Smith rated it did not like it
I give this book 2/5 stars because none of the stories where related but all had the same meaning of "maturity" and "friendship". This book is called "Baseball in April and other stories" when only two out of eleven stories where about baseball. One of the most useless stories I think was "Barbie" it was about a girl who lost her doll head. I don't see why that needed to be a story.

I am not the most avid reader intact I only read for school but I know when I have a good book and a bad book. Thi
Apr 19, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
This book is so dated, but the stories are lovely and they are centered around kids whose families speak Spanish without being about immigration. They are about normal childhood experiences. I want a newer version of this without the 80's references :)
Melody Savage
Jun 24, 2015 Melody Savage rated it really liked it
Clean and wholesome. Soto must have written these during my own youth; so many stories were nostalgic for me. The snapshots of youth in these stories might seem a little archaic to today's youth, but many of the thoughts and feelings explored are timeless.
Jan 27, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this book. As a view into the lives of Hispanic boys and girls in California, it painted an interesting picture. However, the stories were mere slivers of ideas and usually ended without hope for the protagonists. I am glad I read it. I doubt I will recommend it.
Adilene Macedo

The book was ok in my perspective because when I choose to read this book I taught that it was going to be a book about baseball a sports book. But when I started to read it, it was a book that had a variety of stories that dealt with youth and daily life events. If the book would be made into a movie it would be a movie that presented a variety of T.V shows or series. The setting would be in a house or in a park because that is the majority of the setting these stories where based in, the casti
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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