Gary Soto Off and Running

ISBN 13: 9780613062466

Off and Running

 
9780613062466: Off and Running

Fifth-grader Miata Ramirez is running for class president. Her best friend, Ana, is her running mate. The girls are stunned when they learn they are running against class clown Rudy Herrera and his friend Alex. At first Miata is certain she will win the election. She has big plans to make the school a better place. Shell clean up the graffiti, plant flowers and trees, and get computers. Rudy is confident hell get the votes by promising longer recess periods and selling the students ice cream every day. Who will come out on top?

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Catch election fever when fifth grader Miata Ramirez runs for president against school prankster, Rudy Herrera. Miata and her running mate, Ana, mean business. But the boys are loud and get attention. With time running out, the girls try to think of how to quickly change their image before the election.

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The Skirt

with illustrations by Eric Velasquez

"Light, easy reading ... offering readers a cast and situation with which to identify, whatever their own ethnic origins." -- The Bulletin, Recommended

"Soto's light tale offers a pleasant blend of family ties, friendship and ethnic pride. Readers will ... relate to Miata's true-to-life, universal experiences and relationships. [Miata is] a spunky and imaginative heroine."

-- Publishers Weekly

The Pool Party

with illustrations by Robert Casilla

"Soto exhibits poetic perfection both in description and in authentic dialogue and the immersion of readers into the bosom of a loving hard-working Mexican-American family." -- School Library Journal

"This Latino family has an exemplary warmth and dignity....Engaging, gently humorous -- with plenty of realistic full page drawings." -- Kirkus Reviews

Boys at Work

with illustrations by Robert Casilla

"Fans of Soto's previous book, The Pool Party, will be delighted to see Rudy Herrera and his best friend, Alex, surface again in this warm and humorous tale....An easy, entertaining read." -- Booklist

"The text flows effortlessly as the boys' barrio world is interwoven into the plot, which holds just enough suspense to keep the reader fearful for Rudy and Alex's well-being." -- The Horn Book Magazine

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