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 Lola and the new school (Hola, Lola!)
 Author: Novales, Keka

 Publisher:  Picture Window Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 57 p., col. ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 683904 ISBN: 9781666337259
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 First day of school -- Fiction
 School stories
 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Guatemalan Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.74

Lola is anxious starting a new school in the middle of the school year, but her grandmother's advice helps her overcome her first day of school and adjust to the new school.

 Illustrator: Felix, Gloria
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 516659

   School Library Journal (08/26/22)
   Booklist (08/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/26/2022 Gr 2–4—When Lola Lopes starts at a new school in Texas, she faces the usual conflicts: riding the bus, getting lost at school, making friends, and making peace with mean kids. Lucky for Lola, she has a supportive family, including her abuelita. Abuelita encourages Lola to be kind, even to kids who are mean to her. Lola's kindness pays off, and she learns to look forward to school. Lola is Guatemalan-American; the book opens with an introductory page that includes facts about Guatemala. Chapters are 4–6 pages in length and include frequent full-color illustrations. The text is written at a higher reading level, and with more words per page, than the average books marketed toward 5–7 year olds, making this a book to share or an independent reader for advanced readers. A Spanish glossary, lemonade recipe, and discussion questions are included in the back matter. VERDICT A nice addition to an early chapter book collection, especially for advanced young readers.—Chance Lee Joyner - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/2022 When Lola learns that she will be attending a new school for the remainder of second grade, she feels reluctant to leave her old one. The good news is that Abuelita, knowing that change makes her granddaughter anxious, is coming from Guatemala (where Lola’s parents grew up) to Texas for a visit. Abuelita’s support and encouraging words help Lola face challenges such as her first school bus ride, and she soon makes a few friends. Asked to introduce herself to her new classmates, Lola freezes up, but her teacher kindly suggests that they wait a few days. Guided by Abuelita’s advice, Lola becomes increasingly self-confident, navigating the transition with ease and soon feeling comfortable in her new school. The book’s layout, which includes one colorful digital illustration on most double-page spreads, is well designed for children who can easily handle beginning-reader books but find longer chapter books intimidating. Lola narrates the story, which clearly shows her satisfaction in solving common childhood problems with a little help from Abuelita. An endearing narrative portraying a Guatemalan American family. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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