Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe /

by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: 359 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781442408920 (hardcover) :; 1442408928 (hardcover).Title notes: $16.99 1-2013 (db)BRA $17.99 4/29/2013Subject(s): Coming of age -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Mexican-Americans -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Homosexuality -- Fiction | Bildungsromans | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Homosexuality -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fictionSummary: Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. <br> <br> Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Ages 12 up.

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">One ONE SUMMER NIGHT I FELL ASLEEP, HOPING THE WORLD would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same. I threw off the sheets and lay there as the heat poured in through my open window. My hand reached for the dial on the radio. "Alone" was playing. Crap, "Alone," a song by a group called Heart. Not my favorite song. Not my favorite group. Not my favorite topic. "You don't know how long . . ." I was fifteen. I was bored. I was miserable. As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was. The DJ was saying annoying, obvious things like, "It's summer! It's hot out there!" And then he put on that retro Lone Ranger tune, something he liked to play every morning because he thought it was a hip way to wake up the world. "Hi-yo, Silver!" Who hired this guy? He was killing me. I think that as we listened to the William Tell Overture, we were supposed to be imagining the Lone Ranger and Tonto riding their horses through the desert. Maybe someone should have told that guy that we all weren't ten-year-olds anymore. "Hi-yo, Silver!" Crap. The DJ's voice was on the airwaves again: "Wake up, El Paso! It's Monday, June fifteenth, 1987! 1987! Can you believe it? And a big 'Happy Birthday' goes out to Waylon Jennings, who's fifty years old today!" Waylon Jennings? This was a rock station, dammit! But then he said something that hinted at the fact that he might have a brain. He told the story about how Waylon Jennings had survived the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Richie Valens. On that note, he put on the remake of "La Bamba" by Los Lobos. "La Bamba." I could cope with that. I tapped my bare feet on the wood floor. As I nodded my head to the beat, I started wondering what had gone through Richie Valens's head before the plane crashed into the unforgiving ground. Hey, Buddy! The music's over. For the music to be over so soon. For the music to be over when it had just begun. That was really sad. © 2012 Benjamin Alire SÁenz Excerpted from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Library Journal Review

Read with a convincingly teen-sounding voice by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, this 1980s-set coming-of-age novel, which was awarded a 2013 Printz Honor, will be a popular addition to YA collections. Both Aristotle and Dante are of Mexican heritage but seem to have little else in common. The boys meet during summer break and help each other discover their place in the world and their identity-ethnic, sexual, and family. Aristotle's family relationships are complicated, with a brother in prison and older, married sisters. Dante is an only child whose college professor father moves the family to Chicago for a sabbatical. Over time, the teens and their families develop a relationship that deepens through adversity. Aristotle saves Dante's life. Dante, openly gay, falls in love with Aristotle. -verdict A thought-provoking read for teens struggling to develop individuality.-Cheryl Youse, Moultrie, GA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Fifteen-year-old Aristotle Mendoza is something of a loner until he meets openhearted, self-assured Dante Quintana at the pool in the summer of 1987. Though their personalities and backgrounds are quite different, Ari and Dante become fast friends. Through the challenges of a car accident, a temporary move, and Dantes coming out, the boys remain close, but when Dante is beaten up for kissing a boy, Ari finally realizes that his own feelings for Dante extend beyond friendship. Narrator Mirandas understated performancewith its leisurely pacing, spot-on inflections and pauses, and distinctive character voiceseases readers into Aris world. Miranda intimately conveys Aris voice: a sardonic, wistful, and insightful mix. Senzs compelling story deals not only with friendship and romance but with personal growth and self-discovery, and is by turns humorous, heartbreaking, and uplifting; this audio version effectively captures its essence. cynthia k. ritter (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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