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Confetti Girl
     

Confetti Girl

4.5 107
by Diana Lopez
 

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Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with

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Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.

In her first novel for young readers, Diana López creates a clever and honest story about a young Latina girl navigating growing pains in her South Texan city.

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Publishers Weekly

Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a brave Latina girl trying to restore her life in Corpus Christi, Tex., after her mother's death. Her dad is a single-minded English teacher and bibliophile who has withdrawn to the point of disappearance since the tragedy ("Sometimes when I dream about him, I see a body, a neck, and a book where his face should be," Lina says). Despite her frustrations with her father, sixth-grader Lina is determined to create her own world of fun. "People who think socks are just for feet have no imagination," she says (she collects them and uses them for "coasters, bookmarks, wallets, and dusters"). Alongside Vanessa (her "best friend since forever"), Lina gains confidence by playing sports and relying on her own ingenuity (she dresses up as "red tide" one Halloween). The story is saturated with Spanish traditions, such as the making of "cascarones" (confetti-filled eggs), and the chapters begin with "dichos," truisms that help Lina feel connected to her mother. Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author López (Sofia's Saints) delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times. Ages 8-12. (June)

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Children's Literature - Renee Farrah
Lina knows what she likes. She likes volleyball, science, socks, and Luis. What she does not like is how her best friend, Vanessa, now spends more time with Carlos than with her, how her dad would rather read books than have dinner with her, and, most of all, she does not like that her mom died. As all of the characters in this novel try to accept the new changes in their lives, one thing brings them all together, cascarones. Usually only prepared at Easter, Ms. Cantu has been channeling her stress by making these hollowed out eggshells filled with confetti year round. As Lina and her father try to navigate their life using dichos, Spanish proverbs, they discover that their differences do not have to drive them apart, and they can stop walking on eggshells. This book is set in Texas, and there is a delicious Spanish flavor that spices up this book and adds a hint of culture. Included in the book is a list of all the dichos, as well as instructions on how to make your own cascarones. Reviewer: Renee Farrah
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–Lina attends middle school in Corpus Cristi, TX, has a crush on classmate Luís, loves science and sports, and has a sock obsession as a result of her pants never being long enough for her tall body. Her best friend, Vanessa Cantu, lives across the street with her mother, who is still bitter about a divorce that happened a few years earlier. Lina’s mother died last year, and her father is still grieving but struggling to live up to his responsibilities. Dichos, Spanish sayings or proverbs, are translated at the top of every chapter. Spanish phrases are sprinkled throughout the text, reflecting Lina’s bilingual community. The budding romance, and typical middle school events such as detention, lunchroom disasters, and reports, keep things moving. Lina is essentially a sunny, happy child and her sadness and anger are more blips on the radar than real angst. A subplot about Luís’s stuttering seems extraneous. Quite typical in characters, plot, and style, this story is most notable for its casual introduction to Spanish language and culture, overtly accessible to all.–Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Apolonia "Lina" Flores loves science and mathematical riddles, playing volleyball and collecting extravagant, romantic and lonely socks. But after the sudden death of her mother, her world in Corpus Christi, Texas, makes no sense: Her kind but distant English-teacher father has filled the house with books, and her best friend, Vanessa, has problems of her own. Vanessa's parents have divorced and her mother spends her days making cascarones, a traditional Mexican good-luck craft made of eggshells and filled with confetti, which become the book's central metaphor. Lina's frustration grows as she discovers the vicissitudes of the first love and that happiness can be as fragile as an eggshell. An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town, in which Hispanic teachers, students and parents celebrate traditional American holidays such as Thanksgiving alongside such traditional Mexican observances as el D'a de los Muertos and a Quincea-era. Local idioms of Spanish proverbs-dichos-used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)
Booklist
"López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters' Latino heritage....This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."
San Antonio Express-News
"Although Confetti Girl takes on a serious subject matter, it's also about fun, a whole semester's worth, which includes confrontations with the school's most popular boy, a school festival, volleyball, friendship, boy craziness, a quinceañera and trips to the beach - and the counselor's office."
El Paso Times
"López weaves Lina's bilingual and bicultural upbringing into the narrative seamlessly, giving young Latina readers an added element to connect with."
Claire Epting
Like a cascaron, Lina's life is full of colorful people and events, and you will want to read about every single one of them in this witty, honest novel.
TIME for Kids , "Summer Splash" 2009
Grace Lin
"Like the colorful cascarones López writes about, Confetti Girl is bursting with heartwarming cheer."
René Saldaña
"A great set of characters and a fantastic story: the dichos, sayings or adages meant to shed some light on a situation, to teach a lesson, to encourage wisdom. If that's the case, then here's mine for this wonderful novel: Un libro sin abrir es una vida sin sabor (A book unread is a life unlived). So, live this book. Live its humor, its sadness, and ultimately its great joy."
Kid Reporter Claire Epting - TIME for Kids
"Like a cascaron, Lina's life is full of colorful people and events, and you will want to read about every single one of them in this witty, honest novel."
From the Publisher
"Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author López (Sofia's Saints) delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times."—Publishers Weekly"

An appealing coming-of-age novel...Local idioms of Spanish proverbs — dichos — used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers."—Kirkus Reviews"

López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters' Latino heritage....This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."—Booklist"

Like the colorful cascarones López writes about, Confetti Girl is bursting with heartwarming cheer."—Grace Lin, author of The Year of the Dog"

A great set of characters and a fantastic story: the dichos, sayings or adages meant to shed some light on a situation, to teach a lesson, to encourage wisdom. If that's the case, then here's mine for this wonderful novel: Un libro sin abrir es una vida sin sabor (A book unread is a life unlived). So, live this book. Live its humor, its sadness, and ultimately its great joy."—René Saldaña, Jr., author of The Whole Sky Full of Stars, Finding Our Way, and The Jumping Tree"

Although Confetti Girl takes on a serious subject matter, it's also about fun, a whole semester's worth, which includes confrontations with the school's most popular boy, a school festival, volleyball, friendship, boy craziness, a quinceañera and trips to the beach - and the counselor's office."—San Antonio Express-News"

López weaves Lina's bilingual and bicultural upbringing into the narrative seamlessly, giving young Latina readers an added element to connect with."—El Paso Times"

Like a cascaron, Lina's life is full of colorful people and events, and you will want to read about every single one of them in this witty, honest novel."—Kid Reporter Claire Epting, TIME for Kids , "Summer Splash" 2009

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316052528
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
500,252
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Diana (pronounced DEE-ANNA) López is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. Her adult novel, Sofia's Saints, was published by Bilingual Review Press in 2002, and she is a contributing author to Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature. Other works include short stories published in Chicago Quarterly Review, The Sycamore Review, and New Texas. She now teaches English at St. Philip's College in San Antonio. This is her first middle grade novel.

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Confetti Girl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Sheila Pertiller More than 1 year ago
I don't have this book on my nook,but i do have it.I love it and could read it all over again! :)
Nizar Razack More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is so interesting
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 9 years old and I love it . Best book ever!
Kari Santas More than 1 year ago
If I could I rate this book gajillion stars!!!!! Highly recommend... a MUST READ :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the book from my unckle than i got my nook i had to get it was so amazing i thought it would be boring but the first page sucked me right in it was a little sad but thats what made the book good i highly recomend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year in 5th grade and absolutley loved ot! It is so interesting! I can realte to the girl in this book a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have read all year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nope....it sure cnt get any better cuz this book is AMAZZZZING! Im sure u already know this because of ur awesome and true review;) if u havent read this book...i recomend it to anyone!!;)) --THANKS FOR READING!!;)..Victoria;)
Awesome23 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book
Eimmy More than 1 year ago
I would totally recommend this book to a friend its very interesting and i think who ever reads they would be very amazed and would obviously love it . What i like about the book is that everything starts easy and very weird and interesting and then it ends with like a BOOM! and all of a sudden people love it,i also liked how everything wrong,weird and sad thing that would happen ended with a good path or a new starting of something bad or tragic,well everything ends up with a happy ending. Sometimes i was disappointed on how the book is called " Confetti Girl" and it was all about the cascarones and not a bout the girl being in joy with the confetti so it made so it made no sense to me.And that everything sorrounds only basically one person in each chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute middle aged romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I would read it again 4 times! I got really into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and I had read it awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so interesting how they mixed cultures like Spanish and American Holidays together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i finished this book i cried know why? Cause it was over
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have this book on the nook but i do have it in real book form and i luv it you should get it. Its worth the money
Caroline Herman More than 1 year ago
I have not yet finished the book yet but so far I love it. It's a great book for friends to read together and I would tell anyone to read it that needed a good book to get into.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Entertaining. *Wonderful. *Emotional. *Spirit-lifter. As the protagonist deals with a wide range of emotions, including anger, frustration, depression, loneliness, grief, and being misunderstood, the world seems to be moving forward without her. As she explores her emotions she is soon able to gain a different perspective. *Well-written, with well-developed characters, and a great storyline makes this an enjoyable novel for leisure time reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really fun. It is better for 4th grade and up students though because it talks a little about divorce and other stuff like that including some romance stuff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it i would recomend this book to anybody and if ur worried about the spanish it translates for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have never read this book i highly suggest that you read it because this will be the best book you have problably ever read. This book is well written and i love this book. Thus book is about a love story and how things can happen to your life,but in the end everything will be happy and perfect. I suggest that you spend your money on this book because this book is perfect is every single way shape and form. This book is also an amazing tale of friendship. If ypu get this book do not len it to your friend because they will never give it back to you because it is such a good book. I have no complaints about this book because it is just amazing. If you do not beleive me when i say it is amazing just get the sample and then you will want to buy it. But wait if there is not a sample you will just have to trust me by word of mouth. Tyis book is very good and i havent read her other book yet but i am really excited. If you do not get this book you will not ever understand what a good book is. I love this book and if you dont like it that is just fine that is why they have so many differant types of books out there for everyones differant taste. That is ok if you do ot like this book no hard feelings but i garantee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Confetti Girl, López masterfully blends serious middle school issues, like friendships and first kisses, with the even more serious issues middle schoolers face, such as the death of one parent and the paralyzing grief of the other. Apolonia “Lina” Flores is an easily lovable character with her crazy socks and desire to do well on the volleyball court and in the classroom. But everything starts to unravel as Lina’s dad gets lost in books and her best friend, Vanessa, gets lost in Carlos’s dreamy eyes. With her relationships already strained, Lina’s situation gets worse when she’s benched for failing grades. What makes Confetti Girl not only an awesome middle grade read but also a great novel about Latin@s is how López seamlessly weaves in cultural details. By using such things as cascarones and dichos throughout the novel, López introduces cultural specifics to readers without being preachy or teacher-like. In other words, I could see young readers responding with, “Cool, let’s make those,” or “Yup, my mom says things like that all the time,” instead of “Oh, that’s a Latin thing” (closes book). The Kirkus review of this novel put it this way: “An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town, in which Hispanic teachers, students and parents celebrate traditional American holidays such as Thanksgiving alongside such traditional Mexican observances as el Día de los Muertos and a Quinceañera.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instead of me using my tablet everyday my head was stuck into that book so when we went to a trip to orlando when we were packing up to go i brought books like confettie girl love stargirl amazing grace and some diary of the wimpy kid books everyone was shoked why my head was stuck in that book great book by the way <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i read this book in full it was good but some things happening in the book didnt fit with the concept im not doing spoiler alerts because i dont want to ruin it. It was really good it took me about 2 days to read but i also noticed that it had incorrect grammar and it also had incorrect spelling in one word but mostly it was alright but i would recommend this book to 2/6 people.