Title: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance
Author: Donna Barba Higuera
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Synopsis: Levine Querido has bought debut author Donna Barba Higuera’s middle grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. Publication is slated for 2020.
Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.
Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she’s not gonna let that slide.
Not since Millicent Min, Girl Genius has a debut novel introduced a character so memorably, with such humor and emotional insight. Even square dancing fans will agree…
Author Information: Donna grew up in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. As a child, rather than dealing with the regular dust devils, she preferred spending recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling dial-a-story over and over again, and sneaking into a restricted cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstones as inspiration.
Donna’s Middle Grade and Picture Books are about kids who find themselves in odd or scary situations. From language to cultural differences in being biracial life can become…complicated. So like Donna, characters tackle more than just the bizarre things that happen to them in their lives.
Donna likes to write about all things funny, but also sad, and creepy, and magical. If you like those things, she hopes you will read her books!
Donna lives in Washington State with her family, three dogs and two frogs.
I don’t read Middle Grade often but the moment I saw the synopsis for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. This book spoke to me because Lupe is quick to stand up for herself and others, I wish I was like that. When I read this, “Well, I have faith that you and Andy are going to find a way,” I knew I had to finish this book.
Lupe is really smart and finds a way to speak her mind and give her point of view. When her P.E. teacher, Coach Solden announces that the curriculum would include square dancing, Lupe is horrified because it ruins her plan. “I’ve already filled Andy in on my uncle’s promise. If I get straight A’s, my Uncle Hector, who works for the Mariners, is taking me to meet Fu Li Hernandez, the first Asian/Latino pitcher in the major leagues. If Fu Li can be the first Chinacan guy to pitch in the majors, maybe I can be the first Mexicanese girl to throw a no-hitter.”
I love Lupe’s determination to achieve what she has in mind. I also enjoyed reading how her culture and background were implemented to the story. Thank you Colored Pages for letting me be a part of this tour and giving me the opportunity to read this book.