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The Resource Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
Title
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2013
  • Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult/Children, 2012.
  • Pura Belpre Award for Narrative, 2013.
  • Rainbow List, 2013.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2013.
  • Westchester Fiction Award, 2013.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up — In the summer of 1987 in El Paso, TX, two 15-year-old loners meet when Dante offers to teach Ari to swim, and they have a laugh over their unusual names. Though polar opposites in most aspects other than age and Mexican heritage, the teens form an instant bond and become inseparable. This poetic novel takes Ari, brooding and quiet, and with a brother in prison, and Dante, open and intellectual, through a year and a half of change, discovering secrets, and crossing borders from which there is no return. Two incidents, one in which Ari saves Dante's life and his family's temporary move to Chicago, help Dante understand that he is gay and in love with his friend. Yet, Ari can't cross that line, and not until Dante is hospitalized in a gay-bashing incident does he begin to realize the true depth of the love he has for him. With the help of his formerly distant, Vietnam-damaged father, Ari is finally able to shed his shame—the shame of his anger, of his incarcerated brother, of being different—and transition from boy to man. While this novel is a bit too literary at times for some readers, its authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice.—Betty S. Evans, Missouri State University, Springfield --Betty S. Evans (Reviewed February 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 14, p134)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fifteen-year-old Aristotle (Ari) has always felt lonely and distant from people until he meets Dante, a boy from another school who teaches him how to swim. As trust grows between the boys and they become friends (a first for Ari), Ari’s world opens up while they discuss life, art, literature, and their Mexican-American roots. Additionally, the influence of Dante’s warm, open family (they even have a “no secrets” rule) is shaping Ari’s relationship with his parents, particularly in regard to a family secret; Ari has an older brother in prison, who no one ever mentions. In a poetic coming-of-age story written in concise first-person narrative, Sáenz (Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood) crystallizes significant turning points in the boys’ relationship, especially as Ari comes to understand that Dante’s feelings for him extend beyond friendship. The story swells to a dramatic climax as Ari’s loyalties are tested, and he confronts his most deeply buried fears and desires. It’s 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. Ages 12–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 19, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 51, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A boring summer stretches ahead of Ari, who at 15 feels hemmed in by a life filled with rules and family secrets. He doesn't know why his older brother is in prison, since his parents and adult sisters refuse to talk about it. His father also keeps his experience in Vietnam locked up inside. On a whim, Ari heads to the town swimming pool, where a boy he's never met offers to teach him to swim. Ari, a loner who's good in a fight, is caught off guard by the self-assured, artistic Dante. The two develop an easy friendship­, ribbing each other about who is more Mexican, discussing life's big questions, and wondering when they'll be old enough to take on the world. An accident near the end of summer complicates their friendship while bringing their families closer. Sáenz's interplay of poetic and ordinary speech beautifully captures this transitional time: " 'That's a very Dante question,' I said. 'That's a very Ari answer,' he said.… For a few minutes I wished that Dante and I lived in the universe of boys instead of the universe of almost-men." Plot elements come together at the midpoint as Ari, adding up the parts of his life, begins to define himself. Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships. (Fiction. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012)
Awards note
  • Pura Belpré Narrative Winner, 2013.
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2012.
  • Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2013.
  • Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult, 2013.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10098234
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DLC
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Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 12 and up
  • Young Adult
  • 390
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Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.S1273
LC item number
Ar 2012
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
  • 2.9.
  • 4.3.
  • 2.9
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Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (Firm)
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True
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  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Mexican American teenagers
  • Mexican American families
  • Families
  • Friendship
  • Homosexuality
  • Gay teenagers
  • Brothers
  • Prisoners
  • Anger
  • Self-perception
  • Loyalty
  • Trust
  • El Paso (Tex.)
  • Coming of age
  • Families
  • Mexican Americans
  • Friendship
  • Homosexuality
  • Anger
  • Brothers
  • Families
  • Friendship
  • Gay teenagers
  • Homosexuality
  • Loyalty
  • Mexican American families
  • Mexican American teenagers
  • Prisoners
  • Self-perception
  • Trust
  • Texas
  • Texas
Target audience
adolescent
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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Control code
ocn666867878
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9781442408920
Lccn
2010033649
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)666867878
Label
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn666867878
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9781442408920
Lccn
2010033649
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)666867878

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