“Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted.”Booklist
Readers will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park in this compelling middle grade reimagining of Great Expectations. Navigating friendships and cyberbullying at a new school, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is.
Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the “Rules of Cool.”
At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened.
As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.
Discussion Questions, Author Q&A, and Korean Language Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
Visit pippapark.com to find out more about author Erin Yun, read her blog, and download the language arts educator guide!
|Publisher:||Fabled Films Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Debut author Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and served as president of its policy debate team. This experience came in handy for her job as the debate consultant for the Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway— What the Constitution Means to Me. Erin is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and articles for BookBrowse. She currently lives in New York City, and yes—she used to play basketball as a middle grader!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book with my niece who is 12. It is about Pippa Park who lives with her sister Mina and her sister’s husband Jung-Hwa since her Mom lives in Korea. Pippa loves basketball like my niece, and to kick the story off she gets a basketball scholarship to a private school, under the condition that she keeps her grades up. In the book, Pippa tries to balance her grades, basketball, new friends, and her job at the laundromat but runs into trouble as she tries to juggle it all and hide parts of herself (being Korean and working at the laundromat) from her new friends at school. When she is bullied for these secrets, Pippa turns to Jung-Hwa and friends for help and learns a lot about being herself. My niece could really relate to trying to be "cool" and figuring out how to fit in with the other kids. She also said the book was a quick read and didn't feel like homework. A win in my mind! BTW--I gave it to my niece because it is a reimagining of Great Expectations--one of my favorite books. For those Dickens fans Pippa Park is Pip! I am secretly trying to get her to love some of my favorite books.
Huge fan of this book! I really liked Pippa because of her strong, humorous voice. Pippa is a superb character, and even when the pressure mounted, she managed to keep persevering. Yun masterfully weaves a plot which coupled a sense of tension with a dose of realism that made this middle grade book stand out. I also liked the way the author developed such a unique and in depth voice for Pippa. Just like it’s inspiration (Great Expectations) Pippa Park Raises her game deserves a spot in the classics.
Pippa Park Raises Her Game is a very good and entertaining debut novel by young author Erin Yun. My wife couldn't put the book down when she began reading it one day last week, and read the entire 262 pages in one day. I was also pulled in once I began reading, curious to see how Pippa's life would unfold at the prestigious Lakeview Private School, having transferred there from the less esteemed Victoria Middle School after being awarded a mysterious scholarship. As anyone who has survived adolescence knows, life in middle school can be a time of anxiety, stressful situations, joy, laughter, tears and triumphs. It is the ultimate growing experience. Pippa goes through it all, leaving her familiar and comfortable surroundings and friends at Victoria for Lakeview. She wants to fit in with her new and "upper-income" classmates and basketball teammates, so she shelters her past--and current--life from them, not wanting to expose her modest upbringing and what they might consider her lower station in life. Like most kids of her age, Pippa just wants to fit in and be accepted. The book flows nicely with a descriptive narrative that places the reader right at home and in school with Pippa. And the small details about her Korean-American upbringing--the family life and expectations, the Korean foods and snacks, and her lovable and kind brother-in-law, Jung-Hwa--bring an interesting, additional level of ethnic awareness to the story. Pippa is an endearing character that I found myself feeling for, hurting with, pulling for, cheering for, and, ultimately, hoping to celebrate with. The book, geared to young readers, yet entirely enjoyable to an older audience such as this 50-something man and his wife, is charming, interlaced with life lessons, suspense, drama, and some fun. I truly believe it will be a hit with young readers, but also suggest it as a fun and easy read for people of all ages. I think Pippa Park is destined for bigger and better things and I hope we will see more of her and Ms. Yun in the future.
Pippa Park is a great character and this book is a perfect window into what life is like for middle school kids these days. Trying to balance school and family and friends while trying to figure out who you are is a difficult time. Watching Pippa make mistake after mistake almost got frustrating until I remembered that thats exactly what it was like to be this age, and I loved her for how authentic it was. I bought this as a gift for my niece, who will be starting middle school in the fall. I always read a chapter or 2 before I gift a book and with Pippa Park Raise Her Game I, all of a sudden, found myself finishing the book!
As an Asian American, I appreciated this book about a Korean American girl who deals with classic adolescent challenges such as popularity, crushes, and identity. What's more, this book included unique elements of the Asian American experience like different food and holidays and the importance of family. I wish this book was around when I was in middle school but am glad it exists for younger generations today. Also, I am not athletic myself, but the basketball games were so exciting! I was cheering for Pippa Park on and off the court.