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Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Johnston, Tony, Colon, Raul (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439233844     ISBN-13: 9780439233842
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
    OUR PRICE: $6.29  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2003
Annotation: Filled with hope, love, and warmth, this novel describes a Los Angeles far different from the place of movie stars and very poor people--a place where random acts of generosity improve the lives of the community.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: FIC
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.20 lbs) 128 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Tony Johnston is the author of nearly 100 picture books and early readers, including The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague. Her first novel, Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, was named an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Security, and a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book. It was also awarded the first annual Southern California Booksellers' Association Children's Book Award. Ms. Johnston lives in California with her husband.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
Junior-high schooler Arturo describes key events--e.g., a rewarding search for a missing cat, surviving a drive-by shooting--that have unfolded since he and his close-knit family moved from Mexico to Los Angeles three years earlier. The book lacks a novelÆs momentum, but each storylike chapter is engaging thanks to the precocious ArturoÆs funny, self-deprecating narrative style; he will remind readers of a Latino Holden Caulfield. Glos. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 September)
Gr 4-7-This novel set in East Los Angeles provides a glimpse of the daily life of an extended Mexican-American family rich in relationships, if not in material possessions. Rather than a linear plot, the vignettes introduce readers to 11-year-old Arturo's family, school life, neighborhood occurrences, and holiday celebrations. Spanish words and phrases are sprinkled throughout as are descriptions of mouth-watering dishes constantly prepared by the boy's Mami and Abuelita. The characters are likable and warm, even if the voice of Arturo seems to be a bit too adult for his years. The message is positive and the episodes, while occasionally serious, are more often humorous and gratifying.-Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.