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. Buried Onions [Gary Soto] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For Eddie there isn’t much to do in his rundown neighborhood but eat, sleep. This page guide for “Buried Onions” by Gary Soto includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 9 chapters, as well as several more in-depth.

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I would recommend this book to everyone just because it is a great story and you get to see if Eddie does overcome the conflict in the end. 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.

He divides his time between Berkeley, California and his hometown of Fresno. The whole setting was darkened by the smoke from the crematorium stacks, there was no natural beauty, no hope in love, no nothing.

Or would you have found a way to get money and leave town for good? Given what the author wants us to believe about Eddie, poetic is not particularly one of the characteristics we see in him, and yet Soto forces hyper-stylized language to gurgle from his narrator’s mind.

It was very realistic and everything seems to flow in the story. How do you feel about what Mr. I rate this a three because of the ending where he pretty much randomly joins the navy, and on the way there, he finds an onion field and starts crying, which was quite strange.

Overall I was highly pleased how Soto incorporated violence, environment, and language to bring us deeper into the plot but was disappointed in the lack of character development. He says that is because onions are buried underneath the city.


Only Jesus’s best friend, Angel, knows the guy, but he’s pictured as a pretty evil guy and could have been the killer too. I also enjoyed the English translations in the back of the book, which really assisted my understanding since I am not a Spanish speaker. The violence makes Fresno wallow in tears, as if a huge onion with its ubiquitous vapors were buried beneath the city.

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I think that this book provided a serious look on the struggles of some monorities in a crime-infested city. I think it is buriex important book because of the questions it raises, but for some reason I could never really relate to Eddie’s character, and so it was difficult to become captivated by his story.

How can Eddie survive in this place and simultaneously get revenge for the death of his primo? But this too goes awry when his boss’s truck is stolen while in his care. It was well written and it was very realistic because gang violence really does happen, and anyones life could be taken at any time.

References to this book Reading Specialists in the Real World: But being grown he’s trying to stay out of trouble. It takes everything in him to not fall into the very patterns of life he is trying to avoid–namely the violence and apathy of his neighborhood in Fresno, California.

As for his own service commitment, Gary has taught English to Spanish speakers as a volunteer. 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. View the Lesson Plans. Oh boy, so many. Eddie was my favorite and maybe the coach too because he is so inspirational and great leader for Eddie. Eddie, a young Mexican American, fights to make something of himself in Fresno, California.

THe author’s attitude in this book was very negative and depressing. Eddie lives in a tired barrio, filled with gang violence and poverty.

Buried Onions by Gary Soto

He lost his cousin becuase he was into gangs and gang related violence. He’s mourning his cousin and deflecting his aunt, who wants Eddie to avenge his cousin’s murder.


May 13, Asenath rated it it was ok Shelves: Explain your onione using at least two pieces of evidence with analysis. Eddie has a hard life. Discussion about prejudice toward and beliefs about Latinos by other people in the community; discussion about the opportunity gap Level: The setting was in a bad part of Fresno, California.

One thing that I liked throughout the book was the language.

At every corner there was death, violence, drugs, and other negative influences that Eddie had to face. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There’s a glossary in the back, but for non-Spanish-speaking students, the abundance of foreign words could still be an impediment. I liked how the examples of figurative language added to the story. There are many themes throughout this book, I feel like you could receive so many messages from it. His tries for himself to start over are ambitious, as he learns how harsh life can really make things when situations are already very bad, and are beginning to seem as if they were getting worse.

The plot was really rich and showed a lot of great detail. The book is written in the first person. Eddie dreams of having a permanent job, getting out of his violent neighborhood, and keeping out of trouble all while steering himself in a positive direction. I enjoyed this book because it took a simple concept of a boy living in a tough neighborhood and made it significant. Buried Onions will tickle the interest of anyone who happens to love a fictional tale once in a while.