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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by [Benjamin Alire Sáenz]
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* "A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love—whether romantic or familial—should be open, free, and without shame." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Sáenz 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 Sáenz does—he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other...those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read." -- Booklist

"Sáenz has written the greater love story, for his is the story of loving one’s self, of love between parents and children, and of the love that builds communities, in addition to the deepening love between two friends." -- VOYA

"Ari’s first-person narrative—poetic, philosophical, honest—skillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance." -- The Horn Book

"Primarily a character- and relationship-driven novel, written with patient and lyrical prose that explores the boys’ emotional lives with butterfly-wing delicacy."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Sáenz is a master at capturing the conversation of teens with each other and with the adults in their lives." -- Library Media Connection, Recommended

"This book took my breath away. What gorgeous writing, and what a story! I loved both these boys. And their parents! Don't we all wish we had parents like theirs? The ending - and the way it unfolded - was so satisfying. I could go on and on...suffice it to say I will be highly recommending it to one and all. I'm sure I'll reread it myself at some point. I hated having it end." -- James Howe, Author of Addie on the Inside

“Benjamin Alire Saenz is a writer with a sidewinder punch. Spare sentences connect resonant moments, and then he knocks you down with emotional truth. The story of Ari and Dante’s friendship widens and twists like a river, revealing truths about how hard love is, how family supports us, and how painfully deep you have to go to uncover an authentic self.” -- Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He was the first Hispanic winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and a recipient of the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpré Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His first novel for teens, 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 book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He lives in El Paso, Texas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0055OJC78
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (21 February 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7567 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 370 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Keiran Foord
5.0 out of 5 stars "I bet you could find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand."
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing I have read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing I have read in a long time.
Reviewed in India on 16 December 2017
I'm so happy that I was lucky enough to have had ordered it in paperback. This is such a beautiful book, so lucid and so mind gripping. Dante and Aristotle are characters you can relate to in different ways and in the end the message is surreal- we all are fighting private wars within ourselves. And sometimes it is time not to run and take the blows head on and be free.

Do give it a read, I never knew I'd start to look at a relationship between the same sex in a different way. I'm so glad I did it.

The front and back cover is so pretty and makws you wanna just start reading the book right away.
Couldnt really understand why the cover was like that- now I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful coming of age!
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4.0 out of 5 stars And I loved it! First of all
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2017
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