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Because Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the twenty-first 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 ...

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Because Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the twenty-first 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739365151
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 5.87 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Cristina Garcia

Cristina GarcÍa was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York City. She's written several novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban and A Handbook to Luck. Her work frequently explores the nature of identity and the sometimes absurd places it takes us. She published her first picture book, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, in spring 2008. She lives in California with her daughter, Pilar, and a hundred-pound puppy named Rio.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

    Everybody has one perfect moment in time upon which they will someday look back and think, "that was when everything changed." For Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch, that moment is here. <BR/><BR/>Yumi lives in a perfect cross-blend of cultures and ethnicity that make her so identifiable to teenagers today. What is there in the world that can't be tackled by a part-Jewish, part-Cuban, part-Japanese, American girl? Plenty. <BR/><BR/>First of all, Yumi has just found out that her grandfather, Saul, is dying of cancer. Yumi is closer to Saul than anyone else. Even at ninety-two years old, she can't believe that he only has months to live and she asks him to tell her about his life. <BR/><BR/>While dealing with the threat of losing Saul, Yumi also finds herself facing other changes and challenges in her life. Her school has decided that it can no longer support the orchestra. Yumi and her friends in the orchestra decide to organize a concert to raise the money to fund it. But with no firm leadership or plans, the fundraiser is turning out to be a disorganized mess. <BR/><BR/>Now Yumi's mom has a new boyfriend and is also planning to move them out of the only home Yumi has ever known. She'll be further away from the beach, which means further from surfing. <BR/><BR/>She is also worried about her father, a punk-rock songwriter who has yet to sell a song, and who isn't exactly close to his father, Saul. <BR/><BR/>Over the next months, as she listens to the stories of Saul's life, Yumi learns that change is inevitable and that someday you may look back and realize that it was really the start of something wonderful. <BR/><BR/>I WANNA BE YOUR SHOEBOX is an endearing story that will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes.

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