Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa

by Micol Ostow
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Overview

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa by Micol Ostow

Emily is a Jewish girl from the suburbs of New York. Her mother has family in Puerto Rico, but Emily has never had contact with them—ever. Then Emily’s grandmother dies and Emily is forced to go to the Caribbean for her funeral. Buttoned-up Emily wants nothing to do with her big, noisy Puerto Rican family, until a special person shows her that one dance can change the beat of your heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440678578
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/08/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 203 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Micol Ostow has been publishing works for young readers of all ages for over a decade. EMILY GOLDBERG LEARNS TO SALSA was a 2007 NYPL Books for the Teen Age Selection. Her hybrid graphic novel, SO PUNK ROCK (AND OTHER WAYS TO DISAPPOINT YOUR MOTHER) was a Sydney Taylor Notable book for teens. More recently, her novels FAMILY, AMITY, and THE DEVIL AND WINNIE FLYNN have been featured on Buzzfeed.com, BookRiot.com, EW.com, and mtv.com. Micol received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches writing for all ages, all across the country. She was also an active editor of the National Book Award-winning literacy blog, readergirlz.com. Micol lives in Brooklyn with her family and a finicky French Bulldog. Follow her on Twitter @micolz or visit her at: micolostow.com.

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Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
'Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa' by Micol Ostow is a story about a girl who finds out the grandmother she's never met has passed away in Puerto Rico. Her mother came to the United States and met her father years before, never returning to her home, and effectively breaking ties with her family. Ostow has written books in the Students Across the Seven Seas series of books, which are all set in different countries, and this one is most certainly along those lines. Emily travels to Puerto Rico with her family for the funeral, not knowing quite what to expect. She has family she's never met, and her first cousin, Lucy, who is about the same age as her, is not welcoming in the least. When Emily's mom is having trouble coping with the loss of her mother, Emily is forced to stay in Puerto Rico for the summer, derailing her plans to road trip cross country with her two best friends, and keeping her from her boyfriend during their last summer together before college. Making friends proves somewhat difficult since Lucy is not opening up to her, but Emily begins finding herself little by little, learning more of her history by visiting historic sites, taking part in family occasions, and dealing with issues that pop up with both her mother and Lucy. Her friendships and troubles help her grow and show her that even though she thought life would work out a certain way, sometimes there are bumps in the road that turn out to be blessings in disguise. Despite having had to travel to Puerto Rico for her grandmother's funeral, the experience is a transitional one for Emily, allowing her to cope with her own life in her own way. Even though she never learns to actually salsa, the metaphor of how she learns to deal with issues that pop up in her life is strong throughout the novel. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's the summer after her senior year, right before she and her friends split up for college, and Emily Goldberg has plans. A road trip across the country with her best friends, Izzy and Adrienne. Hanging out with her boyfriend, Nate, and maybe figuring out what they're going to do at the end of the summer. But whatever else they may have held, her plans definitely hadn't included standing in a hot, crowded funeral home in a country she'd never been in, at the funeral for a grandmother she'd never met. EMILY GOLDBERG LEARNS TO SALSA is a funny, heartwarming story about family and roots, and how learning about them can teach you about yourself.

Emily's mother is from Puerto Rico, but she'd left for college, met and married Emily's father, and never gone back. Emily's never met her grandmother, or her many aunts, uncles, and cousins, until she's forced to go down to Puerto Rico for the funeral. But at least it's only for a few days...until her mother has some sort of crisis and Emily is forced to stay with her.

Sharing a bedroom with her mother, stuck in a country where she barely speaks the language, and living in her ultra-religious Tia Rosa's house with an impossible set of rules, Emily is not looking forward to the rest of the summer. It doesn't help that her cousin Lucy thinks she's a pampered princess from the mainland, and that her boyfriend back home isn't returning her calls. But readers will laugh as she's thrust into one uncomfortable situation after another. Salsa dancing for a girl with two left feet? Cooking with lard? Driving in a country with no street signs? Emily faces them all, slowly getting dragged out of the safe world she's built for herself and connecting with the family she'd never known she'd missed.

Ostow writes with an authentic teenage voice, in clear and uncluttered prose. Her descriptions of a country unfamiliar to many of her readers will fascinate and intrigue them. Writing with respect for a culture different from that of the United States isn't easy, but Ostow pulls it off with style, drawing on her personal experiences. Recommended for readers looking for a fun and enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily Goldberg is a normal American girl. She has friends that she loves to hang out with and this summer is going to be great for her. She is going on a road trip with her two best friends Adrienne and Isabelle and this was going to be the best summer of her life. All is well until her grandmother who lives all the way in Puerto Rico dies of a heart attack in the middle of the night. So Emily and her family were going to have to go to Puerto Rico for the funeral. Emily doesn¿t know what she is going to do she has never met her mom¿s half of the family before so this was going to be interesting. Emily was getting nervous and so was her brother Max who was dying for a cigarette, but it was only going to be for one weekend and she would be back in time for the trip with her friends so what could it hurt? The funeral was on Saturday, it was hot, sticky and overcrowded and she didn¿t know anyone, and in fact she didn¿t really want to know anyone even though they were her family. But her family was huge, there were so many people there and it was her mom¿s part of the family, the Ramirezes. There were 4 sisters in her mom¿s family there was Amalia, Eva, Rosa and Gloria. Gloria was the youngest and was Emily¿s mother. After the funeral they went to la casa de su Tia Rosa, or the house of her aunt Rosa. It was small and cramped and all she could think about was her friends. After the horrible encounter with the long lost half of her family which she never met before they went back to their hotel and they were to go home the next morning. So she fell asleep with the satisfaction of home sweet home in mind. The next morning the sun shone through the window and onto her face and knew this was the day, until her father saw her looking out the window at the hotel courtyard and told her that she would have to stay here with her mother. Her mother was not ready to go home yet to the United States, but this was home to her, in Puerto Rico. She hadn¿t seen her family in years and her father knew that she still needed Emily, so they would stay for the rest of the summer. She didn¿t mind until she realized that she was going to miss the trip with her friends. When they moved out of the hotel and into Rosa¿s house Emily is not getting along with her family all that well. Emily's cousin Lucy who was about her age and did not like her or her attitude at all. I guess that it won¿t be the perfect summer after all, or will it? I liked this book in some ways and in some ways I did not like it. There are a lot of things in this book that I could think of as being hard, which made for a good story line. For example, when she is surrounded by family that she has never even met and didn¿t really plan on meeting, this is something I could relate to. I have been around a lot of family that I didn¿t know before and it is awfully hard to present yourself in an appropriate manner when you are nervous the people around you all know each other well. But there were a few things that I could not relate to such as being in Puerto Rico or having such a huge family that you could keep there names straight or even not having the desire to meet her family. I would have liked this book better if she wanted to meet them. From reading this book I have learned that it might not be very easy to cope with living some place else with people that you don¿t know. This made me think about the conditions of foreign places and kind of made me glad that I don¿t have any very foreign relatives. I would recommend this book to mostly girls who are going through changes with their family, friends and other things in life and need to cope with things that are usually out of the ordinary for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa was written by Micol Ostow and published by Penguin Group. This teen novel shows how one girl, thrown completely out of her element, can find herself and her lost heritage. Emily has just graduated high school and has a fun filled summer planned ahead of her. She was supposed to go on a road trip across country and then spend time with her boyfriend before they both went off to college. This takes a loop when Emily finds out her Puerto Rican grandmother, whom she has never met, dies. Emily and her family pack up and head for Puerto Rico. When the funeral is over, Emily is relieved to go home when she is faced with a turn again. Emily¿s mother decides that she wants to stay in Puerto Rico to reconnect with her past, and asks Emily to stay with her. Realizing that her mother needs her support, Emily gives in to staying for the rest of the summer and cancels all of her plans. When first arriving at Tia Rosa¿s house, Emily knows she is out of place. She is to share a room with her mother, do chores, help prepare dinner and take care of the kids. This is a huge change for the pampered princess. Emily¿s cousin Lucy is the same age as her, however when first meeting they do not get along. This change and on top of it all not being able to speak the country¿s language provides for an interesting novel. This book was enjoyable for me because I could really relate with the main character, Emily. We have similar ways of life and I think I would have a hard time if I was in her situation also. Therefore, I learned a lot from her experiences and think I could handle myself better if this were to ever happen to me. I learned about how the Puerto Rican culture compared to American. I saw that Emily needed to be more accepting and not so quick to judge other people¿s way of life before she had lived in that way. I would definitely recommend this book to teenage girls. It is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the summer after her senior year, right before she and her friends split up for college, and Emily Goldberg has plans. A road trip across the country with her best friends, Izzy and Adrienne. Hanging out with her boyfriend, Nate, and maybe figuring out what they're going to do at the end of the summer. But whatever else they may have held, her plans definitely hadn't included standing in a hot, crowded funeral home in a country she'd never been in, at the funeral for a grandmother she'd never met. EMILY GOLDBERG LEARNS TO SALSA is a funny, heartwarming story about family and roots, and how learning about them can teach you about yourself. Emily's mother is from Puerto Rico, but she'd left for college, met and married Emily's father, and never gone back. Emily's never met her grandmother, or her many aunts, uncles, and cousins, until she's forced to go down to Puerto Rico for the funeral. But at least it's only for a few days...until her mother has some sort of crisis and Emily is forced to stay with her. Sharing a bedroom with her mother, stuck in a country where she barely speaks the language, and living in her ultra-religious Tia Rosa's house with an impossible set of rules, Emily is not looking forward to the rest of the summer. It doesn't help that her cousin Lucy thinks she's a pampered princess from the mainland, and that her boyfriend back home isn't returning her calls. But readers will laugh as she's thrust into one uncomfortable situation after another. Salsa dancing for a girl with two left feet? Cooking with lard? Driving in a country with no street signs? Emily faces them all, slowly getting dragged out of the safe world she's built for herself and connecting with the family she'd never known she'd missed. Ostow writes with an authentic teenage voice, in clear and uncluttered prose. Her descriptions of a country unfamiliar to many of her readers will fascinate and intrigue them. Writing with respect for a culture different from that of the United States isn't easy, but Ostow pulls it off with style, drawing on her personal experiences. Recommended for readers looking for a fun and enjoyable read. **Reviewed by: Dena Landon