Parrar ISBN 978-0-374-34673-7 $16.99 (4) In 1959, Bobby and his family (who are white) are driving from Ohio to Florida, visiting Civil War battlefields along the way. Alternating narration, injected with Spanish-language phrases, brings out the difficulties of language-learning and peer acceptance from each girl's perspective. Brevity and simplicity are the operating principles in this greatly reduced graphic novel retelling. HarperColIins/ Balzer + Bray ISBN 978-0-06-178378-4 $16.99 (2) On their first day of middle school, sixth-grader Peter Lee and his best pal Drew discover their popular elementary-school antics (e.g., speaking in robot voices) are "so fifth grade."
62 • INTERMEDIATE July–December 2011 THE HORN BOOK GUIDE iNTermediaTe FicTioN est in trumpet, so the three of them hang out. Zachary’s relationships are well drawn, with sharp dialogue and funny touches. sdl Abbott, Tony Lunch-Box Dream 178 pp. Farrar isbn 978-0-374-34673-7 $16.99 Ada, Alma Flor, and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta (4) In 1959, Bobby and his family (who are white) are driv- Dancing Home ing from Ohio to Florida, visiting Civil War battlefields 150 pp. Atheneum isbn 978-1-4169-0088-7 $14.99 along the way. Interspersed with their story are first-person accounts from relatives of African American Jacob, who (3) Mexican American fifth-grader Margie tries hard to has gone missing. The two groups converge on a dramatic project an all-American image. This works until her cousin bus ride. Issues of racism, family, violence, and death swirl Lupe arrives from Mexico to live with Margie’s family. through the story, remaining primarily unresolved at the Alternating narration, injected with Spanish-language end. jsk phrases, brings out the difficulties of language-learning and peer acceptance from each girl’s perspective. Ada and Zubi-
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