by Gary Soto

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A hip, funny, Latino rendition of Grease, this play features three cool muchachos who come to the aid of Martin, a chicano nerd who loves a beautiful, popular girl, Ceci, from afar.With the help of his friends, Martin changes his miage and impresses Ceci and her friends, without letting on who he is. This is a problem for Ceci, because, in the meantime, she's transformed herself into a Chicana nert to win the heard of her secret love—Martin. 

A totally modern, totally cool tale of teenage romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698117846
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 822,473
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born in Fresno, California, to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multitalented author are many, ranging from the US Award for International Poetry Forum to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, and was nominated for a National Book Award. His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He lives with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter, Mariko, in Berkeley, California.

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Nerdlandia 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the heart of a Fresno barrio, two high school juniors learn that changing themselves for the name of love doesn¿t work as well as just being who you are. Martin, dubbed as Junior Einstein, is a brilliant Chicano nerd who has a huge crush on Ceci, the gorgeous chola. When Martin can¿t shake his love for Ceci his cholo-wannabe friends help transform his look and attitude to be more machismo. But what Martin doesn¿t know is that Ceci has a crush on him and decides to change her look to match his geeky style. In the end, they realize being themselves is enough and that what's inside matters more than the apperance. This over the top play, exaggerating on stereotypes, is meant to be comedic but comes across one-dimensional. Soto¿s use of Spanish street slang, urban dialogue and play of audience adds to the overall playfulness and spunk of this short play. If staged properly and cast used the performance cues, Nerdlandia could be entertaining. As a straight read this play lacks luster, a bit of a bore. Target Audience: Middle school and olderThis play might be more relevant and easier to follow for urban areas and Spanish speaking communities.
LilyMoayeri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gary Soto tries his hand at a lighthearted play geared towards being performed at a diverse (meaning enough of a Latino demographic) high school. This is "Grease" Latino style, except backwards. Nerd boy goes through a cool makeover to get the chola of his dreams while said chola goes through a nerd makeover of her own to get the nerd of her dreams. They end up meeting each other halfway as each likes both nerd and cool parts of each other. There are a lot of Spanish words thrown in (glossary in back) as well as a lot of humorous dialogue and body language. Not in-depth in the least, that is not the goal for this short play as its shallow aim of being yourself--with just a few tweaks--is met without any major breakthroughs.
cacv78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This play was ok but it wasn't one of Soto's best works. It's full of stereotypes about gangsters and nerds and maybe that is why it didn't like it as much as his other stuff. The "chola" falling for the nerd is something that the kids would never see happening but it's a play that is easy to read and they would probably enjoy it more than I did.
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