Results of the Pura Belpré Award in the year 1996.
A collection of twelve stories set in a Latino neighborhood in Patterson, New Jersey. The stories stand alone and intertwine as the teenage characters try to find out who they are and what their place is, not only in their Puerto Rican community, but in the United States.
In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes - love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.
A Cuban folktale, relayed here in both Spanish and English, features a rooster on his way to a wedding.