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Buried Onions

by Gary Soto  |  Grades: 7-12  |  Ages: 12+  |  Lexile Level: 850

Buried Onions by Gary Soto Teacher Guide, Novel Unit, Lesson Plans, ActivitiesAbout Buried Onions by Gary Soto

When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

Eddie's father, two uncles, and best friend are all dead, and it's a struggle for him not to end up the same way. Violence makes Fresno wallow in tears, as if a huge onion were buried beneath the city. Making an effort to walk a straight line despite constant temptations and frustrations, Eddie searches for answers--and discovers that his closest friends may actually be his worst enemies. 

Includes a reader's guide and a glossary of Spanish words and phrases.


"Soto's descriptions are poetic, and he creates deep feelings of heat and despair. A powerful and thought-provoking read."-- School Library Journal

Biographical Notes About Gary Soto

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 Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at 

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