Petty Crimes

"In this sharply honed collection of stories, Mexican American children on the brink of adolescence are testing the waters, trying to find their place in a world ruled by gangs and "marked with graffiti, boom boxes, lean dogs behind fences…" Some characters (La Güera, a shoplifter, and Mario, a scam artist) are already on their way to becoming juvenile delinquents. Others have chosen a straighter path. Most, however, are caught somewhere in the middle…With a rare mix of compassion and irony, Soto (Buried Onions) crystallizes moments signifying the loss of innocence." — Publishers Weekly

Age Level: 9-12
Publisher: Sandpiper
Book Theme: Stories by Gary Soto