Lupe Wong Won't Dance
Lupe Wong Won't Dance

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Annotation: My gym shorts burrow into my butt crack like a frightened groundhog. Don't you want to read a book that starts like that... more
Catalog Number: #215654
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 263 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-646-14003-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7989-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-646-14003-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7989-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019957009
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Lupe Wong, bona fide jock, is horrified that square dancing is the next unit in her seventh grade phys ed class.Dead set on meeting her sports idol, Fu Li Hernandez, the first Asian/Latino pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, Lupe needs to get straight A’s to cash in on Uncle Hector’s promise. Fu Li is Chinacan—just like Lupe, whose mom is Mexican and late dad was Chinese. Determined to put a halt to square dancing, Lupe brings everyone into her cause: her authentically diverse group of friends, her interracial family, her wise principal, and even her endearing PE teacher. As Lupe doggedly challenges school tradition, readers will connect to her strong internal voice, empathize with her setbacks, and celebrate her victories. Higuera creates a very real multicultural middle school community complete with wisecracking humor, mean girls, and a realistic friendship fallout. Lupe has a wonderfully diverse group of friends with a wide range of interests, from Star Trek to soccer, deftly avoiding “diversity quota” pitfalls. Lupe’s own mixed-heritage family is refreshingly representative of families today. Principal Singh is Indian; Lupe’s best friend, Andy, is Guinean; and all other primary characters are presumed white.Grab your partners and do-si-do—this one is simply delightful. (Fiction. 8-12)
Publishers Weekly
Higuera updates an age-old American PE tradition with thoroughly modern sensibilities in this earnest, comedic novel, which follows outspoken half-Chinese, half-Mexican seventh-grader Guadalupe -Lupe- Wong and her crusade to cancel square dancing. If 12-year-old ace pitcher Lupe gets all
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Lupe Wong knows she's going to play in the majors someday, but for now, she just has to get straight As so she can meet baseball player Fu Li Hernandez. The only thing that stands in her way is the new P.E. unit: square dancing. After attempting to have it removed from the curriculum, matters snowball until Lupe must not only square dance alone but also face the loss of one of her best friends well as the ire of her classmates and baseball team. Meanwhile, Lupe struggles with the loss of her dad mething that makes meeting Hernandez her top goal. As she examines her actions, realizing what is most important to her, Lupe grows closer to her friends, brings appreciation of different cultures cluding her own Mexican and Chinese heritages her school, and even learns that she enjoys square dancing. In addition to a strong and at-times stubborn protagonist, a cast including good friends and thoughtful parents, grandparents, and teachers we should all be so lucky to have is a big part of what makes this such a wonderful read. Humorous, fast-paced chapters will have readers turning the pages to find out what interesting situation Lupe will find herself in next. A laugh-out-loud story about family, friendship, and the beauty in being true to yourself.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (2/1/20)
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly (2/1/20)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

My gym shorts burrow into my butt crack like a frightened groundhog.

Don't you want to read a book that starts like that??

Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues.

She's also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.

Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who's Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she's not gonna let that slide.

Not since Millicent Min, Girl Genius has a debut novel introduced a character so memorably, with such humor and emotional insight. Even square dancing fans will agree…

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