Living Up the Street
Title: Living Up the Street
Author: Gary Soto
The author describes his experiences growing up as a Mexican American in Fresno, California in the 1950s and 1960s.
Lexile Level: 1140
Guided Reading Level: Y
In a prose that is so beautiful it is poetry, we see the world of growing up and going somewhere through the dust and heat of Fresno’s industrial side and beyond: It is a boy’s coming of age in the barrio, parochial school, attending church, public summer school, and trying to fall out of love so he can join in a Little League baseball team.
His is a clarity that rings constantly through the warmth and wry reality of these sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, always human remembrances.