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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Paperback)

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This book had me curious when it swept the ALA awards
with 3 wins and this book definitely deserves all of them and more. Aristotle
(or Ari) and Dante don't obviously have much in common except their Mexican
heritage, but somehow manage to become good friends. Ari is an angry teen
coping with the ghost of his older brother and his father's time in the
Vietnam War while Dante is openly expressive and has an easy family
relationship. That friendship is cemented when Ari saves Dante from a hit and
run gettinginjured in the process. When a friend risks his or her life to
save yours, how does that friendship change? And when Dante comes out as gay,
how does that affect the friendship?  Saenz writes a lovely exploration of
friendship and love - love of one's self, love between a parent and child and
love between friends. His prose is lyrical and portrays a depth of emotion
that transcends the page. This easily is one of my favorite reads of this
year and it's not even halfway to the end of the year yet! If you
like A.S. King's Ask the Passengers, I would definitely recommend you give
this a try!

— Connie, Books Inc. Opera Plaza

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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
ISBN: 9781442408937
ISBN-10: 1442408936
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 359
Language: English