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  • ISBN: 0545812232
  • ISBN: 9780545812238
  • Physical Description: 200 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.

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Summary, etc.: Born into a family of over-achievers, fifth-grader Allie Velasco has never finished first in anything, and lately things have been going badly: her science project is ruined by a well-meaning student, her former best friend is hanging out with another girl--but now she is determined to win the Trailblazer contest with a photographic presentation about her great grandfather, the first Congressional Medal of Honor winner from their town.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 February #1
    Allie feels the weight of achievements by her family members, from her beloved great-grandfather, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, to her two multi-award-winning older siblings and her younger sister, who has been acting in TV commercials for years. As Allie's last year at Sendak Elementary School draws to a close, she feels enormous pressure to excel at something. Meanwhile, her best friend is drifting away, and stressed-out Allie seems to be making things worse. Some sage advice and an unforeseen crisis bring her misaligned values and actions more sharply into focus, enabling her to put things right. Cervantes, the author of Gaby, Lost and Found (2013), portrays Allie's Mexican American family and community with warmth and shows her dilemma with a gradually widening perspective that lets readers gain understanding along with Allie. A sprinkling of Spanish words helps maintain the story's cultural context. Throughout the clearly written, first-person narrative, the vivid scenes of fifth-grade conflicts, old and new friendships, and affectionate family life make this an accessible, appealing chapter book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Angela Cervantes is a poet, storyteller, and animal lover. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul . When Angela is not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband in Kansas and eating fish tacos every chance she gets. Keep up with Angela at

Subject: Hispanic American families Juvenile fiction
Great-grandfathers Juvenile fiction
Contests Juvenile fiction
Self-confidence Juvenile fiction
Best friends Juvenile fiction
Elementary schools Juvenile fiction
Families Juvenile fiction
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