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Allie, First at Last
ISBN: 9780545812238
Author: Cervantes, Angela
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
Published: March 2016
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Born into a family of over-achievers, Allie has never finished first in anything, but she is determined to win the Trailblazer contest with an entry about her great grandfather, her town's first Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hispanic American families; Juvenile fiction.
Great-grandfathers; Juvenile fiction.
Contests; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: 813.6
LCCN: 2015031306
Lexile Measure: 660
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Growing Up, Geography
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
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 www.angelacervantes.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Allie has never won anything, despite belonging to a family of intense overachievers. When she learns about a creative competition at her school, she becomes determined to win it, no matter the cost. The comically dramatic first-person voice and lovably flawed characters keep the moral about friendship from becoming clichid, instead turning it into an optimistic, relatable unifying theme. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 December #1)

Allie Velasco comes from "a long line of ambitious "first evers"—her siblings are trophy-winning top students, soccer players, and even commercial actresses—but Allie has made it to fifth grade without nabbing a single medal. This year, she is determined to win the Kansas Trailblazer Contest, an arts competition, and add an award to her overachieving family's trophy shelf. As Allie's drive to win turns her into a "crazy chihuahua," she also drives away her best friend, Sara. Can Allie's selfless older sister, Adriana, and new friend Victor guide her through the struggles of the competition and her increasingly complicated social world? Will her beloved bisabeulo, a decorated WWII veteran, be able to show Allie what motivates a "true trailblazer"? Laced with Mexican-American language and culture, this realistic drama is filled with gentle humor, big lessons, and even bigger heart. Cervantes's (Gaby, Lost and Found) earnest story may inspire a few readers to reach for "epic greatness" themselves, while reminding them that the "real rewards you can't put on a shelf." Ages 8–12. Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

Gr 4–6—In this realistic middle grade novel, Cervantes introduces a Latina fifth grader, Alyssa, otherwise known as Allie, who is struggling to find her place and identity as the third of four siblings in a family full of successful, award-winning individuals. She considers herself a failure when compared to Harvard-bound Adriana; his soccer whiz older brother, Aiden; and his younger sister Ava, a TV commercial star. Yet this is only half of the family: Allie's mom is a news anchor, and her dad is a fireman. It seems that everyone has won trophies and completed "firsts"—even her great grandfather is famous as the only World War II recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor alive in the state. Fifth grade can be rough, filled with changing relationships and an intense self-centered focus. Allie tries, but often fails, to be understanding when a new friend's help on her science fair project is a disaster and former best friend Sarah chooses the same topic for the Kansas Trailblazer Contest. The first-person narrative captures the disquieting feelings that often accompany the preteen years, including the protagonist's insights on her language proficiency and efforts to make the right decisions. VERDICT This will appeal to middle grade girls, particularly for independent reading.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, IL

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 4–6—In this realistic middle grade novel, Cervantes introduces a Latina fifth grader, Alyssa, otherwise known as Allie, who is struggling to find her place and identity as the third of four siblings in a family full of successful, award-winning individuals. She considers herself a failure when compared to Harvard-bound Adriana; his soccer whiz older brother, Aiden; and his younger sister Ava, a TV commercial star. Yet this is only half of the family: Allie's mom is a news anchor, and her dad is a fireman. It seems that everyone has won trophies and completed "firsts"—even her great grandfather is famous as the only World War II recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor alive in the state. Fifth grade can be rough, filled with changing relationships and an intense self-centered focus. Allie tries, but often fails, to be understanding when a new friend's help on her science fair project is a disaster and former best friend Sarah chooses the same topic for the Kansas Trailblazer Contest. The first-person narrative captures the disquieting feelings that often accompany the preteen years, including the protagonist's insights on her language proficiency and efforts to make the right decisions. VERDICT This will appeal to middle grade girls, particularly for independent reading.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, IL

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