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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As he and a friend attempt to recover the missing truck, Eddie’s friend is stabbed. Overall, Buried onions is a well-written book.

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How does the idea of “buried onions” contribute to the theme and voice of the novel? Jul 14, Jennifer rated it liked it. THe author’s attitude in this book was very negative and depressing. That being said, his language may be difficult to access for the readers who will be drawn to this page book: The whole book is negative towards the conflict and it is wanting Eddie to do the right thing throughout the whole book.

He begins by saying how many people he cared for are dead.

One of the rich white guys trusts him ubried let him drive his truck, and it gets stolen when Eddie steps inside onlons a second. I believe Eddie did want to and tried to turn his life around and make a name for himself. Soto takes things he sees and uses them in his stories. For all of Eddie’s maturation, he makes very little in the way of his perception of women. However, he dreams of getting out. It taught me the hardships of not fitting in and, at the same time how not fitting it can also be a good thing.


Lastly, at the very end of the story, Eddie comes across a past character, and from his presence and his position on the onion, farm causes him lnions think of his time in Fresno.

He only does so twice, but they were acts agry desperation, and he holds no real malevolence. I think this book would be beneficial to basically everybody. I’m not sure why I’m putting this on the children’s shelf. Eddie’s aunt is trying to get him to kill the person who killed her mijoher son.

This hate makes them more human than just a name printed in a book.

The ending was also very negative when buriee seemed to be that Eddie failed at achieving his dream and that he turned out to be like a normal citizen in that area of Fresno. I think that older students, particularly male would identify with it.

What is he implying?

As for his own service commitment, Gary has taught English to Spanish speakers as a volunteer. I recall a conversation about the short story “Crimson Fruit” by Kim Chang-saeng, a second-generation Zainichi Korean, that we had in one of my grad. May 11, Kylie rated it really liked it. Soto has more poetic imagery than other books I’ve read recently.

He has no direction in life and feels trapped in a city of sorrow, poverty, gaty loneliness.

Use evidence to support your answer. In the end, with his money gone and a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie’s only choice is to Eddie always smells the scent of onions in the air–the sharp bitter odor of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno.

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I thought it was really good.

Buried Onions

Through eoto all, Eddie has no goals, nothing to look ahead to, his only thought being survival. This student would bully me, and I wouldn’t say or do anything about it. Nevertheless, Eddie is a pretty lonely guy, he even reaches a state where he considers the cockroaches that infested his home, to be his “homies”. The city seems rough, not too successful and also has some discrimination and racism. An example of this being slavery, the white man believed they were superior compared to all other races, and this racial difference caused a divide.

He tries to find a new beginning for himself and start over. He lives in a squalid apartment, and is taking to thinking of the roaches as his “homies” Violent death has surrounded him. Eddie is involved in situations that include robbery, gunshots, blood, drugs, and both running from and confronting gwry people.

The Road Eddie was Headed. Stenciling house numbers on sidewalks for spare change, he barely has enough to eat, and cockroaches are slowly taking over his apartment. I think any student who lives in an urban area can identify with Eddie and his struggles.