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“Soto’s compassion for his characters and his personal humanity make him an inspiring role model for youthful Hispanic writer aspirants: but all teens will be heartened by his warm, respectful, and humorous depiction of their lives.” –Paper Tigers

Help Wanted

Written by Gary Soto
Published by Houghton Mifflin

These and other teens need help if they’re ever going to decipher the weirdness of everyday life in these hilarious, heartfelt, and unflinchingly real short stories. The smallest of events-a stolen flute, an idle day, a game of paintball in the wild-turn out to be about the largest of problems: figuring out what it means to be alive. With real wit and understanding, Gary Soto takes readers into the lives of young people as they make their way in the strange world we all share. Ten stories portray some of the struggles and hopes of young Mexican Americans.

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Available As: Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 12 or older

Community Represented:


Setting: United States (California)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant, 1st Generation, Arrival

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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