No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that s what Allie thinks . . . she s never actually won anything before. Read more...
No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that s what Allie thinks . . . she s never actually won anything before. Everyone in her family is special in some way -- her younger sister is a rising TV star; her brother is a soccer prodigy; her great-grandfather is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
With a family like this, Allie knows she has to make her mark or risk being left behind. She s determined to add a shiny medal, blue ribbon, or beautiful trophy to her family s
award shelf. When a prestigious school contest is announced, Allie has the perfect opportunity to take first -- at last. There s just one small snag . . . her biggest competition is also her ex-best friend, Sara. Can Allie take top prize and win back a friend -- or is she destined to lose it all?"
- ISBN-13: 9780545812238
- ISBN-10: 0545812232
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 208
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Allie Velasco comes from a long line of ambitious first eversher siblings are trophy-winning top students, soccer players, and even commercial actressesbut Allie has made it to fifth grade without nabbing a single medal. This year, she is determined to win the Kansas Trailblazer Contest, an arts competition, and add an award to her overachieving familys trophy shelf. As Allies drive to win turns her into a crazy chihuahua, she also drives away her best friend, Sara. Can Allies selfless older sister, Adriana, and new friend Victor guide her through the struggles of the competition and her increasingly complicated social world? Will her beloved bisabeulo, a decorated WWII veteran, be able to show Allie what motivates a true trailblazer? Laced with Mexican-American language and culture, this realistic drama is filled with gentle humor, big lessons, and even bigger heart. Cervantess (Gaby, Lost and Found) earnest story may inspire a few readers to reach for epic greatness themselves, while reminding them that the real rewards you cant put on a shelf. Ages 812. Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)