The Afterlife (Paperback)

By Gary Soto

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152052201, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/13/2008)
Prebound (4/1/2005)
Hardcover (9/1/2003)

List Price: 7.99*
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You'd think a knife in the ribs would be the end of things, but for Chuy, that's when his life at last gets interesting. He finally sees that people love him, faces the consequences of his actions, finds in himself compassion and bravery . . . and even stumbles on what may be true love.
A funny, touching, and wholly original story by one of the finest authors writing for young readers today.

About the Author

Gary Soto's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at

Praise For The Afterlife

"Soto writes with a touch as light as Chuy's ghost and with humor, wonderment, and generosity toward life."  —Kirkus Reviews
"Sweet and sarcastically funny."  —YM