Gary Soto’s first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association’s Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best. Buried Onions [Gary Soto] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For Eddie there isn’t much to do in his rundown neighborhood but eat, sleep. This page guide for “Buried Onions” by Gary Soto includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 9 chapters, as well as several more in-depth.

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The plot was really rich and showed a lot of great detail. Eddie’s descriptions of his life are often painfully honest, and the reader is often captivated by his descriptions.

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The narrator tries to make things better for himself, but its one step forward and three steps back. After what happened to his cousin, he is constantly accosted by his aunt to avenge his death.

A very interesting vantage point looking down on a young man on a bicycle. Feb 24, Jeanna rated it liked it. I thought it was really good. What is the essential question or problem of the book? His tries for himself to start over are lnions, as he learns how harsh life can really make things when situations are already very bad, and are beginning buied seem as if they were getting worse.

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Also, the tone of the story is very sad and depressive. Eddie’s also trying onnions make a living and realize the American Dream, although he’s beginning to think that’s just a fairy tale people tell their kids.


I think students would be interested in this book for the street action inside: Eddie is a nineteen-year-old Mexican boy living in Fresno, CA. Almost any reader would like to read a story about some kid who is trying to turn his life around all on his own when almost everything is against him. View the Study Pack. Do you think Eddie is a victim of circumstances, or do you think he made choices that brought him to this place in life?

Refresh and try again. Jan 07, Taliah rated it really liked it.

As a general connection we all know that racism and prejudice plagued our history and from this hate, multiple events such as the French and Indian war, slavery, the Civil War, and so much more had occurred.

Eddie is involved in situations that include robbery, gunshots, blood, drugs, and both running from and confronting dangerous people. In the end, with his money gone and a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie’s only choice is to join the military and hope that they can give him a better future than the one Fresno seems to offer.

I would recommend this book because it is inspiring and a good read. He’s very skeptical too which makes the story a bit more interesting.

Stiles did to Eddie? However, he dreams of getting out. The book is full of reminders for him that he is imprisoned by his poverty and ignorance, and the poverty, ignorance, and malevolence of those around him.

Stiles changes over time. Eddie garu a hard-working young man, he would work by doing odd jobs, at some point he tried to go to college, and his goal was to one day escape the city he was forced to call home.

Although these is some action and struggle, I don’t think it’s spto to hold most of my students’ attention, since most of it is later in the book, and the students have to wade through the first few chapters first.


How does it develop? Another theme the author expressed was not to run with the wrong crowd. Common terms and phrases Acura ain’t air conditioner Angel animal crackers arms Aunt Gloria bike blood called cholo Coach cockroaches cool crowed curb dish towel Dodge Colt dollars door driveway drove gar Eddie eyes face Fresno Fresno State bulldog front gangster garage girl glue going hair hands head heard hearing aid heat Hmongs Holmes playground homies hurt ice cubes Jesus Jose asked Jose’s jumped kicked kids kitchen knew laughed bkried legs looked Lupe marine mess Mexican mi’jo mouth muttered nina Ubried nose numbers onions paint porch pulled Queenie rec room recruiter rolled Samuel scared shoes shook shoulder garyy soda someone sorry started Stiles Stiles’s stopped street swamp cooler sweat T-shirt talking tattoo telenovela telephone thought throat told tortillas tree truck turned vanilla wafer vato walked wanted Wheaties whispered window winos yard Yeah yelled.

Another could be how African Americans often blame their struggle on the white man. Life is Like an Onion Life is like an onion: It was done realistically, subtly, and emotionally, an excellent combination.

His personal thoughts and beliefs helped me connect to his situation, left me crying over his losses, and cheering over his success.