Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in 1954 in his grandmother's house in Old Picacho, a small farming village in the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1954. He was the fourth of seven children and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla Park. Later, when the family lost the farm, his father went back to his former occupation—being a cement finisher. His mother worked as a cleaning woman and a factory worker. During his youth, he worked at various jobs—painting apartments, roofing houses, picking onions, and working for a janitorial service. He graduated from high school in 1972, and went on to college and became something of a world traveler. He studied philosophy and theology in Europe for four years and spent a summer in Tanzania. He eventually became a writer and professor and moved back to the border—the only place where he feels he truly belongs. He is an associate professor in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso, the only bilingual creative writing program in the country. Ben Saenz considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. He is also a visual artist and has been involved as a political and cultural activist throughout his life. Benjamin Sáenz is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. His young adult novel Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood was selected as one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2005, and his prize-winning bilingual picture books for children—A Gift from Papá Diego and Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas—have been best-selling titles. A Perfect Season for Dreaming is Ben's newest bilingual children's book which has received two starred reviews, one from Publishers Weekly and one from Kirkus Reviews. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. His first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, won an American Book Award in 1992. That same year, he published his first collection of short stories, Flowers for the Broken. In 1995, he published his first novel, Carry Me Like Water (Hyperion), and that same year, he published his second book of poems, Dark and Perfect Angels. Both books were awarded a Southwest Book Award by the Border Area Librarians Association. In 1997, HarperCollins published his second novel, The House of Forgetting. Ben is a prolific writer whose more recent titles include In Perfect Light (Rayo/Harper Collins), Names on a Map (Rayo/Harper Collins), He Forgot to Say Goodbye (Simon and Schuster), and two books of poetry Elegies in Blue (Cinco Puntos Press), and Dreaming the End of War (Copper Canyon Press).
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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison.
Dante is a know-it-all who has a unique perspective on life.
When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they develop 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 the universe, themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
This incredibly moving and powerful Printz Honor Book follows two teen boys learning to open themselves up to love, despite the world being against them.
'A tender, honest exploration of identity' – Publishers Weekly
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A love story like no other.
In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys fell in love. Now they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.
Ari has spent all of high school hiding who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante – dreamy, witty Dante – who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once.
The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.
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Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
'Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love – this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!' Margarita Engle, author of The Surrender Tree
‘… another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood’ Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe:
‘… a smart, intelligent, engaging coming-of-age story and a deep, thoughtful exploration of identity and sexuality’ The Book Smugglers
‘Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.
San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.
Eine Liebesgeschichte, die einer emotionalen Achterbahnfahrt gleicht, die lang ersehnte Fortsetzung von "Aristoteles und Dante entdecken die Geheimnisse des Universums" ist endlich da! Ab 14 Jahren.
Ari und Dante haben zueinander gefunden und ihre Gefühle füreinander sind stärker denn je. Nun beginnt das letzte Schuljahr, doch nicht nur der Abschluss und ihre Zukunftspläne beschäftigen die beiden. Im Mittelpunkt ihrer Gedanken steht ihre Beziehung: Hat ihre Liebe eine Zukunft? Die Jungs sind fest entschlossen, sich gemeinsam einen Weg in dieser Welt zu bahnen, die sie nicht zu verstehen scheint. Aber als Ari mit einem schockierenden Verlust konfrontiert wird, gerät er ins Strudeln ...
Eine der schönsten Liebesgeschichten für Jugendliche geht weiter!
Vielfach ausgezeichneter Coming-of-Age-Roman über Freundschaft, Familie, Liebe und Coming-out, der gerade in Hollywood verfilmt wird. Ab 14 Jahren.
Dante kann schwimmen. Ari nicht. Dante kann sich ausdrücken und ist selbstsicher. Ari fallen Worte schwer und er leidet an Selbstzweifeln. Dante geht auf in Poesie und Kunst. Ari verliert sich in Gedanken über seinen älteren Bruder, der im Gefängnis sitzt. Es scheint so, als wäre Dante die letzte Person, der es gelingen könnte, all die Mauern einzureißen, die Ari um sich herum gebaut hat. Aber Ari und Dante werden Freunde. Sie teilen Bücher, Gedanken, Träume und lachen gemeinsam. Sie beginnen die Welt des jeweils anderen neu zu definieren. Und entdecken, dass das Universum ein großer und komplizierter Ort ist.
Die lang ersehnte Fortsetzung zu Aris und Dantes Geschichte ist endlich da: "Aristoteles und Dante springen in den Strudel des Lebens".
Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive--well, what's up with that?
I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some people's hearts he writes Sad and on some people's hearts he writes Crazy on some people's hearts he writes Genius and on some people's hearts he writes Angry and on some people's hearts he writes Winner and on some people's hearts he writes Loser. It's all like a game to him. Him. God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. I don't like God very much. Apparently he doesn't like me very much either.
Na aguardada continuação de Aristóteles e Dante descobrem os segredos do Universo, Ari e Dante vão lutar com todas as forças para transformar o mundo em um lugar onde possam ser livres juntos e sem medo.
A vida de Aristóteles mudou completamente desde que conheceu Dante Quintana. Com Dante, Ari aprendeu a achar graça nas pequenas coisas da vida e descobriu o coração enorme que tem, capaz de amar muitas pessoas — inclusive outro garoto.
Agora, os dois estão prestes a começar o último ano do ensino médio e, mesmo sabendo que em breve terão que fazer escolhas importantes para o futuro, estão se abrindo para novos amigos, novos lugares e para as próprias famílias — até que Ari sofre uma perda terrível e, mais do que nunca, precisará do apoio de Dante.
Nesta continuação de Aristóteles e Dante descobrem os segredos do Universo, reencontramos nossos heróis no momento em que o primeiro romance termina, para seguir com eles pelas águas de um mundo novo, que pode ser perigoso e difícil, mas também vasto e cheio de possibilidades.
The wars are fought, the ZerShaz conquers the Terrans. But there is another twist, an unexpected virus. A virus that kills. There is a cure. Believing only ZerShaz susceptible, all possibie innoculations are destroyed on Xenos III.
The "Hollywood" where Sammy Santos and Juliana Ríos live is not the West Coast one, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. Sammy and this friends--members of the 1969 high school graduating class--face a world of racism, dress codes, war in Vietnam and barrio violence. In the summer before his senior year begins, Sammy falls in love with Juliana, a girl whose tough veneer disguises a world of hurt. By summer's end, Juliana is dead. Sammy grieves, and in his grief, the memory of Juliana becomes his guide through this difficult year. Sammy is a smart kid, but he's angry. He's angry about Juliana's death, he's angry about the poverty his father and his sister must endure, he's angry at his high school and its thinly disguised gringo racism, and he's angry he might not be able to go to college. Benjamin Alire Sáenz, evoking the bittersweet ambience found in such novels as McMurtry's The Last Picture Show, captures the essence of what it meant to grow up Chicano in small-town America in the late 1960s.
Além disso, Salvador tem que lidar com a iminente morte da avó, com uma tragédia repentina que acontece na vida de Sam e com o fato de seu pai estar se reaproximando de um ex-namorado. Em meio a esse turbilhão de sentimentos, que vão do luto ao amor e da amizade à solidão, Sal passa a questionar sua própria origem e identidade, e tenta encontrar alguma lógica para a sua vida — uma tarefa que parece quase impossível.
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