Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secretsof the Universe

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This Printz Honor Book is a "tender, honest exploration of identity" ("Publishers Weekly") that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Product Details

Price
$26.95
Publisher
Perfection Learning
Publish Date
April 01, 2014
Pages
359
Dimensions
5.3 X 1.1 X 8.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Prebound
EAN/UPC
9781627654500

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About the Author

BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ was born in his grandmother's house in Picacho, New Mexico--on the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico where Juliana in Hollywood is set. He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family. His family spoke mostly Spanish at home, and it was only through his education in the public schools that he learned to speak and write in English. He entered the seminary in 1972, a decision that was as much political as it was religious: he was heavily influenced by such Catholic thinkers as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, César Chavez and the Berrigan brothers. After concluding his theological studies at the University of Louvain, he was ordained a Catholic priest. Three and a half years later, he left the priesthood. At the age of 30, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He later received a fellowship at the University of Iowa, and in 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University. In 1993 he returned to the border to teach in the Bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso. His most recent book of poetry, Elegies in Blue, was published by Cinco Puntos Press in 2002. This is his first book for young adults.

Reviews

* "Authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice."--School Library Journal, starred review
* "Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Saenez writes toward the end of the novel that "to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing." And that's exactly what Saenez does--he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other...those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read."--Booklist
"Ari's first-person narrative--poetic, philosophical, honest--skillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance."--The Horn Book
"Saenz is a master at capturing the conversation of teens with each other and with the adults in their lives."--Library Media Connection, Recommended
"This book took my breath away. What gorgeous writing, and what a story! I loved both these boys. And their parents! Don't we all wish we had parents like theirs? The ending - and the way it unfolded - was so satisfying. I could go on and on...suffice it to say I will be highly recommending it to one and all. I'm sure I'll reread it myself at some point. I hated having it end."--James Howe, Author of Addie on the Inside
"I'm absolutely blown away. This is Saenz's best work by far...It's a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect...It's already my favorite book of the year!"--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and YALSA past president
"Senez writes toward the end of the novel that to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing. And thats exactly what Senez doeshe treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other...those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read."--Booklist
"Senz has written the greater love story, for his is the story of loving ones self, of love between parents and children, and of the love that builds communities, in addition to the deepening love between two friends."--VOYA
"Aris first-person narrativepoetic, philosophical, honestskillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance."--The Horn Book
"Senz is a master at capturing the conversation of teens with each other and with the adults in their lives."--Library Media Connection, Recommended
"Im absolutely blown away. This is Saenz's best work by far...Its a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect...Its already my favorite book of the year!"--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and YALSA past president
"Saenez writes toward the end of the novel that to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing. And that s exactly what Saenez does he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other...those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read."--Booklist
"Ari s first-person narrative poetic, philosophical, honest skillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance."--The Horn Book
"I m absolutely blown away. This is Saenz's best work by far...It s a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect...It s already my favorite book of the year!"--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and YALSA past president
Benjamin Alire Saenz is a writer with a sidewinder punch. Spare sentences connect resonant moments, and then he knocks you down with emotional truth. The story of Ari and Dante s friendship widens and twists like a river, revealing truths about how hard love is, how family supports us, and how painfully deep you have to go to uncover an authentic self. --Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied
* "A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love--whether romantic or familial--should be open, free, and without shame."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Saenz has written the greater love story, for his is the story of loving one's self, of love between parents and children, and of the love that builds communities, in addition to the deepening love between two friends."--VOYA
"Primarily a character- and relationship-driven novel, written with patient and lyrical prose that explores the boys' emotional lives with butterfly-wing delicacy."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"Benjamin Alire Saenz is a writer with a sidewinder punch. Spare sentences connect resonant moments, and then he knocks you down with emotional truth. The story of Ari and Dante's friendship widens and twists like a river, revealing truths about how hard love is, how family supports us, and how painfully deep you have to go to uncover an authentic self."--Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied