Confetti Girl

Confetti Girl

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Apolonia 'Lina' Flores is looking for answers, but she can't seem to figure out why she's losing all the important people in her life, even with a house crammed full of books and facts. After her mother's unexpected death, her father hides from sorrow by keeping his nose buried in books. Her best friend Vanessa's got problems of her own: her father recently left her mother, who deals with the rejection by obsessively making cascarones, which are hollow egg shells filled with confetti. When Vanessa starts to get boy crazy and begins to slip away too, Lina learns to find the answers within herself and understand what it means to grow up. With its strong voice, humour, endearing characters and compelling subject matter, Confetti Girl is reminiscent of The Year of the Dog and Judy Blume. It portrays Hispanic-Americans in a day-to-day setting, rather than focusing on the common archetypes of migrant worker or inner city kid, and still retains the rich cultural aspects of Lina's heritage.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 132.08 x 190.5 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316029564
  • 9780316029568
  • 177,633

About Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. She now teaches English at St. Philip's College in San Antonio. This is her first middle grade novel.show more

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Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author Lopez delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times Publishers Weeklyshow more

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Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author Lopez delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times Publishers Weeklyshow more

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CONFETTI GIRL should be a big hit with the middle grade market. It takes a Latino backdrop and combines it with likeable characters experiencing the typical ups and downs of middle school life and puts it all in a fun, eye-catching cover. Meet Apolonia (Lina) and her crazy sock collection. She sees herself as overly tall and gawky with skinny legs, an interest in science, and a sometimes annoying directness. Lina lives with her father, a high school English teacher. Several years earlier her mother died after she fell and cut her leg. The cut was not really serious, but the blood infection that followed was. Life has been difficult, but Lina has her best friend, Vanessa, as support. In fact, they have supported each other since Lina\'s mother died and Vanessa\'s mother went through a nasty divorce. They have weathered the events fairly well, and now are hoping that their parents can begin to adjust and live more normal lives. Mixed in with these personal tragedies are several other plot twists. Lina\'s grade in English is plummeting so she finds herself ineligible for sports, the one area where she shines. Vanessa has been acting strange anytime she is around Carlos. Lina has even caught them kissing. She knows part of her anger about this is due to jealousy, since she has liked a boy named Luis for quite some time, but their relationship doesn\'t seem to be progressing to the same level. Author Diana Lopez is spot-on with her descriptions of budding middle school romance, merciless teasing, and parent/child misunderstandings. Young readers will find much to like about CONFETTI GIRL, including the added bonus of the Latino words of wisdom that begin each chapter and the Hispanic customs scattered throughout the story.show more
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