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Publisher Description

Because Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the twenty-first century. Yumi would laugh if only her life wasn’t getting as complicated as her heritage. All of a sudden she’s starting eighth grade with a girl who collects tinfoil and a boy who dresses like a squid. Her mom's found a new boyfriend, and her punk-rock father still can't sell a song. She's losing her house; she’s losing her school orchestra. And worst of all she's losing her grandfather Saul.

Yumi wishes everything could stay the same. But as she listens to Saul tell his story, she learns that nobody ever asks you if you're ready for life to happen. It just happens. The choice is either to sit and watch or to join the dance.

National Book Award finalist Cristina García’s first middle-grade novel celebrates the chaotic, crazy, and completely amazing patchwork that makes up our lives.

GENRE
Kids & Young Adults
NARRATOR
ZS
Zinnia Su
LENGTH
04:36
hr min
RELEASED
2008
August 12
PUBLISHER
Listening Library
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
229.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Madlion1313 ,

This book is AWESoMe!!!!!!!!!!!

I read this book and it is among my top three favorites (right up there along side The Hunger Games and the Bobby Pendragon Series) The voice of Yumi is pretty good and the story progresses flawlessly and is always interesting. Saul's story is a touching one. But why would Hiroko marry a man 25 years older than she was?