Confetti Girl

Confetti Girl

by Diana Lopez

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Overview

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

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: 371,840
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. 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.