"Facts of Life"

By Gary Soto

Published on May 1, 2008

About the Book

Meet Mickey Cortez, who realizes he might accidentally be stealing stuff while helping a new friend.

And Hector Bustos, who escapes the tension of his parents’ divorce by jumping out his bedroom window to find a better life.

And Laurita Malagon, who wonders who she really is when she learns she wasn’t born in the United States.

In the masterful tradition of his acclaimed books, Gary Soto explores the mysteries of adolescence with humor and poignance. Through it all, the teens and tweens in these short stories question the rules they’ve taken for granted, search for their place in the world, and begin to discover how to take their first steps – or even leaps – away from childhood.

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