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When Dad Came Back
Gary Soto

Available only as an ebook.

152 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Juvenile Fiction - Parents / Juvenile Fiction - Homelessness & Poverty / Young Adult

$7.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-211-3

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Ages 9-12

“As usual for Soto, the setting is as vividly drawn as any of the characters, and there's an everyday quality to the incidents shaping the plotline that invites recognition and identification from readers.”—Booklist

What happens when the dad you don’t know suddenly invades your life?

Gabe Mendoza is off to the library when his long-absent father appears—and looks to be homeless. His father wants to reestablish a relationship, but thirteen-year-old Gabe is hesitant. He’s confused. And his Mom is mad. Should Gabe allow his father back into his life, or keep his distance? Can Gabe’s dad, with all his failings, clean up his act?

This powerful novella by bestselling author Gary Soto will ring true to kids—and grown-ups—who can relate to the everyday challenges of one-parent home life. Soto’s strong voice and poignant characters will draw you into Gabe’s world and the decisions that will change his life.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Once again, Gary Soto takes us on a tour of the back streets of Fresno, California, where life can be dangerous and complicated for a thirteen-year-old boy like Gabe Mendoza. From backbreaking manual labor on his uncle’s farm to trading blows with aspiring gang members, Gabe’s typical day is anything but boring. The most difficult problem he faces, however, is navigating his relationship with his father, a recovering alcoholic who has returned to Fresno after abandoning his family only to live homeless in vacant lots and overpasses. But a good friend, a lucky break, and a new canine companion will give Gabe just enough help to make it through in good form. This new ebook from one of our favorite authors will have readers begging for the next chapter in the life of Gabe Mendoza.”—James Blasingame, Ph.D., Co-Director Central Arizona Writing Project and Chair, Kids Need to Read Board of Directors

GARY SOTO’s books have sold more than three million copies and are well-known in classrooms throughout the country. His poem “Oranges” is the most anthologized poem in contemporary literature. He has received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the PEN West Award for Petty Crimes, and the Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association. The Gary Soto Literary Museum is located at Fresno City College.

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