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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cristina Garcia Narrator: Zinnia Su Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Because Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the 21st century. Yumi would laugh if only her life wasn't getting as complicated as her heritage. All of a sudden she's starting eighth grade with a girl who collects tinfoil and a boy who dresses like a squid. Her mom's found a new boyfriend, and her punk-rock father still can't sell a song. She's losing her house; she's losing her school orchestra. And worst of all she's losing her grandfather Saul.

Yumi wishes everything could stay the same. But as she listens to Saul tell his story, she learns that nobody ever asks you if you're ready for life to happen. It just happens. The choice is either to sit and watch or to join the dance.

National Book Award finalist Cristina García's first middle-grade novel celebrates the chaotic, crazy, and completely amazing patchwork that makes up our lives. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terry | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. It's about a multiracial girl (part Russian Jew, Japanese, Guatemalan, and Cuban) who's having a hard time in life. Her parents are divorced, her dad's depressed, her mom's got a new boyfriend, they're getting kicked out of their beachfront apartment, her grandfather is sick, one of her guy friends has a crush on her, and, to top it all off, the orchestra she plays in at school is getting cut. The author ably weaves these different things together into an interesting story that makes you feel for the main character. My primary criticism revolves around the author's handling of an international adoption that the main character's aunt has in the story ... you just can't go online and pick out a healthy baby from an orphanage's website. Some basic research would have brought this fact to life. And then the author has the aunt cram stuffed animals in the baby's crib ... they are a serious health hazard and can suffocate the baby. These problems aside, which aren't front-and-center to the storyline, it's an interesting book that will appeal primarily to girls in middle school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 12/21/2013

    " It was okay, but I found myself waiting for it to be over. The reader read too fast and mispronounced a lot of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Bruce | 12/13/2013

    " Well-written with a super endearing main character. Yumi is part Cuban, part Japanese and part Russian Jew, but this book isn't really about that...it's more to do with her relationships with her family, friends, and how the heck to save the school orchestra. Although I really liked this book, I have a feeling this may be one that appeals more to adults than to kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms. B | 11/8/2013

    " Sweet, funny story about family and big changes in one punk-rock-loving surfer girl's life. "

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