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Author: Lopez, Diana
Fifth grader Luna Ramos has a great many cousins, mostly on her father's side, but one of them, Claudia, is a source of constant annoyance; their current feud begins when Luna is punished for locking Claudia in the restroom at another cousin's unicameral--but when there's a bullying situation at school, Luna realizes that, despite their disagreements, cousins have to stand up for each other.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 197439
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 75868
Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 4–6—The only lucky thing that has ever happened to Luna Ramos is having Mabel as a best friend. Luna has just found out that her cousin Claudia will be attending her school, and will even be in the same class. With so many other primas, why did she have to get stuck with Claudia, who cannot mind her own business and is always getting her in trouble both at school and at home? It's bad enough that Luna is struggling in Spanish class and is now forbidden from wearing her adorable collection of hats to school for locking Claudia in the bathroom at her cousin Mirasol's quinceañera. Now all the kids will see her white hair due to poliosis and call her a skunk! When Luna turns to her primas and abuela for advice, she ends up getting it all wrong and getting deeper into trouble. Lopez depicts a modern-day Latina who embraces her culture even if she is still learning about it and doesn't speak Spanish. VERDICT Readers will find themselves chuckling at the situations Luna gets herself into and smiling at a satisfying ending.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2018 Luna is a spunky and tenacious fifth-grader who has the worst case of cousin rivalry you’ve ever read. First, she doesn’t get picked to be in a different cousin’s quinceañera—Claudia gets chosen. Then she finds out the exasperating Claudia is being transferred to her school. And then she ends up in her very classroom, after which she tattles to Luna’s mom about everything Luna does wrong. But after Luna discovers that Claudia is being teased because of the size of her nose, Luna must decide whether or not to defend her. Luna is a great character for young readers who feel like they can’t catch a break or maybe don’t fit in all the time. López (Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, 2013) offers a sweetly poignant novel about learning to love your family. Yes, Luna does things her way—and sometimes gets in trouble for it—but her heart is in the right place. A good multicultural addition to any library or classroom. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.