Confetti Girl

Confetti Girl

by Diana Lopez

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316029568
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 236,141
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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. 110 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.
mecr6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i really felt like i could relate to her.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed as did several of my students was the cover. I have a seventh grade student who wears socks similar to the ones on the cover. She keeps the pant legs rolled up so everyone can view her unusual socks each day. Lina could be one of my students. I have a young girl whose father is fluent in English and expects so much from her. She struggles with the English and gets frustrated. It is as if her father just doesn¿t get it. Lina sees her father as hiding in the books he reads as an escape from the pain and grief of losing his wife. This is a crucial time in Lina¿s life. A time when life changes, friendships change and a girl needs to know how to deal with these changes. I can think of at least five girls I will recommend this book to. It is very important to me to put books in their hands with characters they can identify with.
heike6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good novel for a teen/tween who is having trouble communicating with their parents. It follows a high school girl and her friend through their daily activities and crushes and gets you involved with the characters, and you learn that one girl's father is still mourning the loss of his wife while ignoring the girl and the other girl's mother is a recently divorced "man-hater". The book deals with their problems and how they unsuccessfully try to solve them before they eventually open up and learn that communicating directly is best for everyone.
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