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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part One by Gene Luen Yang
Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder
Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip by Yasmine Surovec
Catty Jane Who Hated the Rain by Valeri Gorbachev
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Darned if You Do by Monica Ferris
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
Framed! by James Ponti
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown
The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi
Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale
Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sticks & Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
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Allie, First at Last: 12/03/16

Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes

Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes is about an extraordinary family who have all won an award or achieved something amazing while still in elementary school — all except for Allie who hasn't. She's in her last year at Sendak and has one last chance to win an award — for the trail blazers essay contest.

Allie Velasco choses her bisabuelo (great grandfather) and his bravery in WWII. Frankly, her great grandfather is the most interesting person in the entire book. It's not that he's a war hero. That's not what's played up. He doesn't brag about his heroics. He's more reserved — maybe even humbled by his time as a GI. He's also the one person in Allie's immediate family who recognizes the pressure she's under to live up to the standards set by all these awards.

Another interesting and well rounded character is Victor. Allie completely misreads him, especially after he makes an idiotic, impulsive move at the science fair. He though is Allie's counterpart — the one who wants to be first to succeed in his family. He wants to be the first to graduate high school and the first to attend college.

While Allie's family is a multigenerational Mexican-American family, Victor and his family are immigrants. It is through Victor's story and his struggles to improve himself and to make his mother proud, that Allie begins to better understand her bisabuelo's experience.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 22:27:01

Angela Cervantes

Thank you for the review. I hope you don't mind if I share it. ;)



Comment #2: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 20:14:22

Pussreboots

No, of course not! Share away.