Help Wanted (Paperback)


By Gary Soto

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152056636, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

List Price: 7.99*
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With real wit and heart, Gary Soto takes readers into the lives of young people in ten funny, heartbreaking tales.
Meet Carolina, who writes to Miss Manners for help not just with etiquette but with bigger messes in her life; Javier, who knows the stories his friend Veronica tells him are lies, but can't find a way to prove it--and many other kids, each caught up in the difficulties of figuring out what it means to be alive.

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 Help Wanted: Stories

"Soto excels at getting into the minds of both boys and girls . . . Readers, Latino or not, have a good chance of seeing themselves and their feelings in these compelling stories."--Kirkus Reviews
"Humorous . . . Thought-provoking."--School Library Journal