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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe [sound recording] / Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethel Public Library TEEN CDBK SAENZ (Text to phone) 34030127936166 Teen Book on CD Available -
Booth & Dimock Library - Coventry YCD SAE (Text to phone) 33260000330952 Teen CD Available -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown CD BK YA/SAENZ (Text to phone) 34014128383511 Young Adult Book on CD Available -
Kent Memorial Library - Suffield HS NUTMEG YA CDA SAENZ (Text to phone) 32518132606941 Young Adult Book on CD Available -
Mark Twain Library Association - Redding YA AUDIO Sea (Text to phone) 33620139900837 YA Audiobook Available -
Oxford Public Library YA AUDIO SAE (Text to phone) 33530144393177 Young Adult Book on CD Available -
Plumb Memorial Library - Huntington Branch C/D TEEN FIC SAENZ (Text to phone) 34025133316163 Juvenile Book on CD Available -
Putnam Public Library YA SAENZ (Text to phone) 33610140743821 Young Adult Book on CD Available -
Rockville Public Library BKCD SAE TEEN (Text to phone) 34035132728995 Teen Book on CD Available -

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General Note: Title from web page.
Compact discs.
Duration: 7:30:00.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, High School, 2016.
Pura Belpre Medal, Narrative, 2013.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Target Audience Note:
12 and up.
Awards Note:
Nutmeg Award Nominee, High School, 2016.
Pura Belpre Medal, Narrative, 2013.
Subject: Families Fiction
Mexican Americans Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Homosexuality Fiction
Genre: Audiobooks.
Bildungsromans.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781442366411
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire; Miranda, Lin-Manuel (Read by); Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
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When Aristotle and Dante meet, in the summer of 1987, they are 15-year-olds existing in the universe between boys and men. The two are opposites in most ways: Dante is sure of his place in the world, while Ari feels he may never know who he is or what he wants. But both are thoughtful about their feelings and interactions with others, and this title is primarily focused on the back-and-forth in their relationship over the course of a year. Family issues take center stage, as well as issues of Mexican identity, but the heart of the novel is Dante's openness about his homosexuality and Ari's suppression of his. Saenz (Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, 2004) writes toward the end of the novel that to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing. And that's exactly what Saenz does he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other. This moves at a slower pace than many YA novels, but patient readers, and those struggling with their own sexuality, may find it to be a thought-provoking read.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781442366411
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire; Miranda, Lin-Manuel (Read by); Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
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Gr 9 Up-When Dante meets and offers to teach Aristotle (Ari) how to swim at the local pool, neither boy has a clue how much their lives will change. While both are 15-year-old Mexican-Americans living in El Paso, they differ in many ways. Dante is self-assured and charismatic, while Ari is introverted, plagued with self-doubt, and obsessed with thoughts of his jailed older brother. The two loners find common ground and form a strong friendship. Family plays an important role in both boys' lives. Dante's professor father is open and close to his son, while Ari's dad is a Vietnam veteran who never shows his feelings and has trouble relating to his son. The boys' friendship is tested in numerous ways when Dante moves to Chicago for a year and, upon returning to El Paso, tells Ari he is gay and in love with him. Ari's confusion and eventual self-discovery is beautifully portrayed by narrator Lin-Manuel Miranda. This 2013 Printz and Stonewall award-winning book (S & S, 2012) is a wonderful coming-of-age story, and Miranda does a stellar job of capturing the essences of both teen characters. A terrific addition to audiobook collections.-Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NC (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781442366411
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire; Miranda, Lin-Manuel (Read by); Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
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In Saenz's novel, 15-year-olds Aristotle and Dante struggle with the complexities and insecurities of growing up as they try to understand and navigate family secrets, their sexual identities, their identities as Mexican-Americans, and their increasingly complicated friendship. Lin-Manuel Miranda hands in a nuanced performance, capturing Ari's inner confusion and self-loathing, his unexpressed rage at his parents, and his mixed feelings about best friend Dante. Miranda is just as effective in capturing Dante, lending him an upbeat, likable, nerdy voice. For the book's other characters, the narrator takes an understated approach, allowing listeners to understand who is speaking to whom without creating full-fledged character voices. Because of Miranda's standout performance, listeners will truly understand these two boys as they travel the difficult journey toward becoming men. Ages 12-up. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781442366411
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire; Miranda, Lin-Manuel (Read by); Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Read with a convincingly teen-sounding voice by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, this 1980s-set coming-of-age novel, which was awarded a 2013 Printz Honor, will be a popular addition to YA collections. Both Aristotle and Dante are of Mexican heritage but seem to have little else in common. The boys meet during summer break and help each other discover their place in the world and their identity-ethnic, sexual, and family. Aristotle's family relationships are complicated, with a brother in prison and older, married sisters. Dante is an only child whose college professor father moves the family to Chicago for a sabbatical. Over time, the teens and their families develop a relationship that deepens through adversity. Aristotle saves Dante's life. Dante, openly gay, falls in love with Aristotle. -verdict A thought-provoking read for teens struggling to develop individuality.-Cheryl Youse, Moultrie, GA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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