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Levine Querido

Lupe Wong Won't Dance

Lupe Wong Won't Dance

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Winner of the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor
Pura Belpré Honor Winner
PNBA Award Winner
Globe & Mail Best Children's Book of Year
Booklist Editor's Choice

Higuera has knocked it out of the park.--Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times Book Review

Heartfelt, funny and smeared with just the right touch of middle-school snottiness, this novel is a delight!--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

★ A home run. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ A laugh-out-loud story about family, friendship, and the beauty in being true to yourself.--Booklist, starred review

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

She's also championed causes her whole young life. Some expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so 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.

Author: Donna Barba Higuera
Publisher: Levine Querido
Published: 09/08/2020
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.90w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781646140039
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.7
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 513267 / Lupe Wong Won't Dance

Award: Golden Kite - Winner
Award: Pura Belpre Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 07/06/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2020
Booklist 09/01/2020 pg. 87
School Library Journal 10/01/2020 pg. 75
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2020 pg. 101
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Donna Barba Higuera grew up dodging dust devils in the oilfields of Central California. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels.

Donna eventually traded the dust of Central California for the mists of the Pacific Northwest. She lives there with her husband, four children, three dogs and three two frogs. She is currently working on her debut picture book and next middle grade novel.

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