Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a masterful rites of passage novel that works on so many levels.  Aristotle is a frustrated teen with a brother in prison; he doesn’t know why his brother is in prison and his parents wont talk about.  His father has also clammed up about his wartime experiences In Vietnam.

In contrast, Dante is confident, attractive and a know-it-all with an unusual take on the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. However, as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. It is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves–and about the kind of people they want to be.

Benjamin Alire Saenz weaves together several plot lines into an absorbing, wholly believable tale.  This is one of most immensely rewarding and enjoyable YA novels we have read at Bookwagon HQ.   No wonder it has reaped a host of prestigious awards in the USA.  It is welcomed warmly by this independent children’s bookshop!

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz

(Simon & Schuster)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe tells the absorbing, emotionally complex story of two outsiders.  Ari is full of anger and frustration, trapped at home with parents who won’t talk about their own anxieties.  Ari’s brother is in prison and his parents won’t talk to him about that either.  Dante, in contrast, is something of a loner, who sees the world in his own unique way.  Both teens struggle with their emotions and have little idea of what the future holds.
When the two meet, they initially feel they have little in common, but gradually their friendship grows.  The two eventually become best friends and confidantes.  Then an accident happens that puts their friendship to the test and when Dante moves away, albeit temporarily, it seems the end of their time together.
This is an immensely rewarding YA novel that is rooted in the best of American fiction for teenage readers.  Bookwagon thoroughly recommends Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Readers might also like See You In The Cosmos and King and the Dragonflies.

Stonewall Book Award; Honor Book, Michael L. Printz Award; Pura Belpré Author Award,

1 review for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  1. Madison Bradley

    I loved this book and enjoyed every minute of reading it!

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