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Baseball in April and Other Stories

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,362 ratings  ·  185 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 18, 2016 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.
Sierra Webber
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Baseball in April-Gary Soto #14
The book Baseball in April by Gary Soto is quick fun book to read. The book does not really have a plot, but is rather twelve different stories put into one book. The famous Mexican American author Gary Soto tells about his childhood in California through stories. The stories portray memories and daily life of kids living in California. Such as poverty, friendship, annoying brothers and finally baseball.
I liked this book it was super easy to read. All the stories
Joel Alfaro
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Baseball in April is a collection of eleven short stories by Gary Soto. These stories deal with a variety of situations by young kids living in Fresno, California. All the protagonist from the short stories deal with the same theme of becoming mature. My favorite is Seventh Grade where Victor tries to impress a girl named Victoria with funny results. Or The Karate Kid where Gilbert is inspired by the movie of the same name to stand up to the school bully named Pete. Each story has great characte ...more
Zach Boulden
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The novel, Baseball in April by Gary Soto is a story about these two brothers Michael and Jesse with Michael being the older brother and Jesse being the younger brother. They both try out for a baseball team and while Jesse struggles in the tryouts Michael lights them up. He did just about everything right and performed well. When the team was decided it turns out that neither Michael nor Jesse made it and they were both disappointed until their friend told them about this travel team that he wa ...more
Tony Ruiz
Apr 23, 2010 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 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
Amanda Baird
I would be using the story “Mother and Daughter.” This work is a snapshot of the everyday, ordinary life of the mother and daughter relationship between Yollie and Mrs. Moreno. It explores the ups and downs of their bond, their idiosyncrasies and how they rely on each other. I would pair this with Disney’s Brave. After watching both of the clips from the movie, students would compare and contrast the two examples of the mother/daughter relationship. How do each develop throughout the work? How d ...more
Lauren Neely
I would be using the story "Seventh Grade." This story is extremely applicable to middle school because it features the point of view of someone that is their same age who shares with his readers a few awkward encounters that he has over the course of his first day of seventh grade. I would have students do an ABC chart considering their first day of seventh grade vs. the main characters, which would lead into a writeup in which the students write a letter to the narrator explaining how they rel ...more
Amari Keo
Nov 23, 2015 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.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
great book with many little stories..
This collection of short stories captures a slice of life. I don't have any other words to describe how charming this book is. I feel like Soto writes about childhood and captures all of our childhood quirks, our childhood growth spurts, our unrealistic expectations, our childhood hopes, dreams, shortcomings, silliness, innocence, and our beauty. There wasn't a single story that didn't resonate from my own childhood experiences. And I simply love these stories.

As a reader, I feel like the short
Stephanie C
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Over the break, I read Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto and I liked it. I decided to read this book because the overall summary sounded very interesting and my sister requested it saying that “it was a very good book”.
This book was great because since it was a book that contained mini stories, there were a lot of different settings, plots, characters, conflicts, and resolutions. One of my favorite mini stories from the book was when a character, Maria, was being left home alone w
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I realy liked baseball in April because its not a traditional chapter book Gary Soto was realy smart in writing a completion of short story's what was so great about it was it was trying to relate to every one and is about more than one genre some storys include comedy,Drama,action and trys to relate to people by there favorite genre or their age or favorite hobby's and the author is start for it

what i dont like about it is that some story's may be hard to relate one story is about a musician it
Brady Fisher
Baseball in April is about kids playing baseball and trying to learn the game and this to brother trying to get on the team they been practicing for a long time they tried out last year but did not make the team this was different the made the the play gray and had lot of fun.In ways this book is about family and hard work i would tell people about this book because it is a life example about family and hard favorite characters in the book are probably the two brother why because the wor ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book is about a lot of different stuff. At first he likes a girl but then his friend steals her from him. He tired out for a base ball team and he made it so he played base ball for a while. then baseball season ended and he didn't have much to do. But one thing he enjoyed doing was riding and fixing hid bike he rides his bike a lot he when he broke it he would fix it up so he can ride it again.

This was a really good book. I wish it would have stayed on some topic for longer then it did but
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about different peoples live that live in California particularly in Fresno. There is Alfonso, Lupe, Jesse and Micheal. These are all stories about mexican origins. Lupe wins a marble championship by training her thumb because she was no good at sports and wanted to do something athletic. There was jesse whos brother quit because of a girlfriend and his team started to fall apart.

This book is for people who like Perseverance and a good story. But the part I didnt like was how some s
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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 wh ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked how this book had several short stories that have a life lessons in each story. Being Mexican American myself It reminded me of my childhood . I was never from California but similarity in our childhood were there. I enjoyed the Spanish words that reminded me of Spanlish, my mother uses half English half Spanish words when talking to us.
I cant say any of the stories stood out or that any of the main characters did, but it was a quick read..
I would maybe recommend this book to a 12/13 ye
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The short story "The School Play" by Gary Soto is about fear of the main character, the boy Robert, who was desperately afraid of forgetting his lines in the school play. The author describes phobias which some people face.

Robert had only two phrases to say during the play “Nothing's wrong. I can see,”. He repeated it for many days answering the questions of other people, he said it even his dog when the dog asked for something to eat and to drink.

What was the denouement of the story? ... Reader
Jacob Cronshaw
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I did not like it very much because there were spanish words in it and there were no definitions until the very end in the glossary so it got a little confusing at times, and there were endings to the stories that just left you with nothing but it seemed like something was going to happen but the story ends. there were 2 stories that seemed like they could have been tied together but there was no ties togther with eachother but there could have been.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book "Baseball in April" I kind of wish that they talked more about baseball and not other stuff. I gave the book a four star because they didn't really talk about baseball and it was sometimes confusing when the narrator was talking then it change to Alfonso.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book for what it was. Several short stories that tap into a child’s brain and their thoughts and experiences. The stories are very simple and easy to read. I enjoyed it but didn’t necessarily love it.
Picked it up at the library for Spanish practice...pleasantly surprised at how simple but good the stories were. Various relatable school age youth. Nothing life-altering, but I'd read something more of his.
Jim Prevott
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
for the audiobook. a series of short stories about growing up with a Latin, Hispanic slant that turn out to be not very different from every kids story. whether it's baseball team tryouts or getting a special dress for the school dance.
Apr 04, 2020 added it
Shelves: unrated
A collectin of short stories, featuring Mexican-American characters and their daily lives. The characters in these stories grapple with the problems that all young people have with family, school, friends, love, and growing-up.
Adam Kennedy
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Worth teaching in 6-7 grade. Some of the cultural references don't stick anymore, but Soto has this age down pat regarding their concerns, motivations, etc. Also, many of the stories offer opportunity for seminar style discussion.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gem! Why have I never read Gary Soto before? Maybe because he is classified as a YA writer. This is why categorizing is a bad thing.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I only read Mother and Daughter
Kayla Smith
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I connected this book to Seedfolks, with all the different characters intertwining around one thing. It was hard to find what it was, but after I found it, it was easy.
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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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