Gary Soto, Author Harcourt Children’s Books $17 (p) ISBN 2 Though the “”buried onions”” analogy of the title is a tad overworked–Eddie. 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. In Buried Onions, what did Mr. Stiles do at the end of Chapter 6? At the end of Gary Soto. A Summer Life. Gary Soto. Small Town with One Road. Gary Soto.

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I would recommend it for more mature students who are advanced knions persistent readers. The book is bleak, unrelenting, and beautifully written. He wants the readers to be engaged while reading.

While Eddie would not have thought of that himself, because he is als Eddie lives in a tired barrio, filled with gang violence and poverty. The book would have been more enjoyable for me if they added a conclusion. At first I thought it was just going to be another boring book I had to read for school, but I actually quite enjoyed it.

A valuable tale, its one that makes no concessions. Throughout the book, he kept using onions to describe people and their sadness. After his cousin is killed, his aunt urges him to seek out and punish the murderer.

Gary Soto Date Finished: This is the kind of book that could get younger students excited about reading. Throughout the book, he constantly runs away from his problems. This book is about a guy named Eddie who is Hispanic, wasn’t wealthy and lived in a bad neighborhood.

Teens With the Courage to Give: It satisfies the interest area, but does so in a more PG, less linguistically demanding way. Eddie’s a year-old boy whose circumstances are relentless. Is it because he was attending community college? It fit what the author was trying to do, which was show some one trying to make a difference in the midst of violence and hatred. The book doesn’t have a traditional plot arc, and there is a lot of Spanish in it.


I thought about the giant onion, that remarkable bulb of sadness. He leaves behind the crying world of the barrio for something else…who knows what. He battled with trying to keep money for living expenses, food and not having a well paying job. And by pushing forward he would work to make money, buy food to survive, and hopefully at some point escape. If you want an easy read, then this would be a perfect book for you.

Buried Onions

Do you think Eddie is a victim of circumstances, or do you think he made choices that brought him to this place in life? If I had discovered the book differently, I doubt it would have occurred to me that this is a YA book. Also, it includes Spanish phrases without also including the translation though they are in the glossary. At 19, Eddie has successfully avoided getting involved in gangs in his hometown of Fresno, although many of his old friends and family members have not.

Another example that exploited this theme was when Eddie traveled to his godmother’s house towards garg end of the story. It’s not a little kid book where everyone holds hands and sing. 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. Reading Specialists in the Real World: Xoto in life he was more interested in sniffing glue, inhaling spray paint, and hanging out on the fringe of very violent gangs.

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

His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person. Someone made reference to how unrelenting it was, in contrast, to, say, Toni Morrison.


Jan 06, Luke rated it liked it. Sagging suggests depression, defeat, hopelessness, lack of energy and enthusiasm, all of which are evident in the setting and its inhabitants. Throwing in a mother who wants revenge for her nephews death and begging Eddie to get rid of his killer, Eddie has a lot on his shoulders.

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Lastly, at the very end of the story, Eddie comes across a past character, and from his presence and his position on the onion, farm causes him to think of his time in Fresno. How does it develop? Oct 13, Jasmin Pena rated it really liked it. Jan 07, Taliah rated it really liked it. Between a young man named Angel and Jesus mother, they made it hard for Eddie to fulfill his wish, for both of them wanted revenge.

The ending was also very negative when it seemed to be that Eddie failed at achieving his dream and that he turned out to be like a normal citizen in that area of Fresno. You can tell from the first page that Eddie is budied and thoughtful. And at the same time he’s afraid to leave the only life he’s known. Sep 30, Taylor Lee rated it it was amazing.

Trapped, it seems like a violent end is the only way out for him.