Flor and Miranda Steal the Show
Flor and Miranda Steal the Show
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Annotation: When Flor finds out that Miranda and her band could potentially put her family's petting zoo out of business, she forms a plan to keep Miranda from an important performance that night.
Catalog Number: #155601
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 184 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-30689-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-30689-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017020283
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Flor's family's petting zoo, Rancho Maldonado, has been a part of the carnival for years, while Miranda's family and her band, Miranda y Los Reyes, have just started out. Miranda's family's band is pulling in such huge crowds that Flor's family's petting zoo, whose numbers are dwindling, might get dropped. Distraught, Flor decides to try to sabotage Miranda's act, but as the two girls spend more time together, they not only find friendship but also realize what is truly most important to them. Flor's and Miranda's unique voices are presented in alternating chapters, which detail the challenges they both have endured and the sacrifices they each have made. Flor and Miranda both have hopes and dreams and must deal with the difficulties of getting their loved ones to understand them, but they also gradually come face-to-face with the reasons why their families have to make certain choices. Readers will enjoy getting to know both protagonists and will root for them till the last page.
Horn Book
Miranda's family's ranchera band, Miranda y los Reyes, might move to the carnival main stage; meanwhile, Flor's family runs the carnival petting zoo, which might be cut to accommodate Miranda's band's main-stage salary. A fast-paced narrative, sprinkled with a bit of Spanish and alternating between the two protagonists, is set over the course of one eventful carnival day. An appealing story with great cultural specificity.
Kirkus Reviews
The bright lights and screaming laughter of the carnival midway are not all they are cracked up to be for two young women hoping to help support their families on the fair circuit.Flor Maldonado and Miranda "Randy" Reyes share much in common. Both are Latina, both feel the pressure to help their families financially, and both call the road home as members of the Barsetti & Son All American Extravaganza traveling carnival. With so much in common, fast friendship would seem likely, but their goals are at odds. Flor discovers that success for Miranda and her family's band on the main stage might spell the end of the road for her family's petting zoo, as Mr. Barsetti cannot afford to keep both attractions on the tour. The first-person narrative shifts between Flor and Miranda chapter by chapter. Their voices and motivations are so similar, especially early on, that it may take readers a beat or two to recognize the change in perspective. Though the plot is a fairly straightforward one, the explorations of Flor's and Miranda's inner turmoil shine, providing windows into a unique lifestyle that feels authentic. Readers cannot help but root for both heroines, who feel like two regular girls with universal struggles despite their uncommon circumstances.Feelings of summer fun and smells of funnel cake will follow readers home from this engaging story of family and friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)
Publishers Weekly
Eleven-year-olds Flor and Miranda both help out with their families- acts at a traveling carnival: Miranda sings in a ranchera band with her siblings, and Flor helps out in her own family-s petting zoo. But while Miranda-s star is on the rise (the band has just been given an opportunity to perform at the center stage), interest in the petting zoo is dwindling. In fact, Flor overhears Miranda-s father ask for a raise, and when he-s told that another act would need to be cut to cover the cost, he suggests axing the petting zoo. This triggers the novel-s daylong adventure, during which Flor, playing tour guide, tries to prevent Miranda from performing in order to blow the band-s shot at center stage. Meanwhile, Miranda grapples with her desire to sing a song that she, not her dad, has chosen. From the fried-pickle stand to the Cloud Chaser swing ride, the spot-on details in this lively, fast-paced adventure help bring readers into the intriguing life of carnival workers, as well as the struggles both girls face living on the road. Lessons about friendship and standing up for oneself are organically woven into this entertaining romp. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)
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Word Count: 39,605
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 503037 / grade: Middle Grades

Enjoy carnival rides and deep fried pickles in this warm, funny middle-grade novel about family and friendship.


Miranda is the lead singer in her family's musical band, Miranda y Los Reyes. Her family has worked hard performing at festivals and quinceañeras. Now, they have a shot at the main stage. How will Miranda make it a performance to remember?

Flor's family runs the petting zoo at Mr. Barsetti's carnival. When she accidentally overhears Mr. Barsetti and Miranda's dad talk about cutting the zoo to accommodate Miranda y Los Reyes's main stage salary, she knows she has to take action. Will she have the heart for sabotage once she and Miranda actually start to become friends?


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