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A Fire in My Hands: Poems REV EXP Edition
Contributor(s): Soto, Gary

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ISBN: 054410482X     ISBN-13: 9780544104822
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2013

Annotation: A collection of poems brings to life themes of growing up, family, friendship, and first love.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Poets, American; 20th century; Anecdotes; Juvenile literature.
Mexican American poets; Anecdotes; Juvenile literature.
Mexican American youth; Juvenile poetry.
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: bl2013048880
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.15 lbs) 74 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42252
Reading Level: 7.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
This revised edition includes seventeen new poems, leaving out seven poems and the quiet illustrations of the earlier edition. Even without them, this is a solid collection that includes writing that will give voice to many of the emotions young people experience in the small moments of daily life. A short interview with Soto is included at the end. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 May)

Gr 6-10 -These simple, free-verse selections skillfully capture that which is commonplace and transforms it into something mesmerizing and lovely. A first date, the embarrassment of belching root beer out of one's nose, the joy and the intricacies of the proper way to eat Mexican food, and a lost dog are just a few of the topics that Soto addresses. The 31 poems are delightful in themselves, but the poet also adds the brief reminiscence of the event or feeling that prompted him to write each one. Some are autobiographical, but more of them are only vaguely inspired by an actual event. Like Lori Carlson's Cool Salsa (Holt, 1994), these selections depict Latino characters but will resonate with readers of all ethnicities. This revised and expanded edition will delight creative-writing teachers who are looking for a book that demonstrates the genesis of a poem as well as the compelling universality of the human experience.-Heather M. Lisowski, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

[Page 156]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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