Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz (Paperback)

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This Printz Honor Book is a "tender, honest exploration of identity" (Publishers Weekly) that distils lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Product Details

1 Apr 2014
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Benjamin Alire Saenz
Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages
210 x 140 x 25mm (306g)


Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


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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.

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 7-9 Ages 12-14
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Homosexuality
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
BIC Classification 1
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 2
Personal & social issues: sexuality & relationships (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 3
Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
BIC Classification 4
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Library Subject 1
Coming of age; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Families; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Mexican-Americans; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
Teen's Fiction - Coming Of Age
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an American Book Award-winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for young adults, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second novel for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award and the Southwest Books Award (Border Regional Librarians Association) and was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. A former Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry, Saenz is a professor in the creative writing department at University of Texas, El Paso.