Author: Perez, Celia C.
Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramirez reaches out to her estranged biological father--who is in the midst of a career comeback as a luchador--and the eccentric extended family of wrestlers she has never met, bringing Adela closer to understanding the expansive definition of family.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 515625
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/22)
School Library Journal (+) (09/01/22)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/22)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2022 Gr 5 Up—This fresh realistic fiction novel is heartwarming, adventurous, and strong. Adela Ramírez is 12 and living in New Mexico. Growing up with a single mom never bothered her, until her stepfather Alex asks to adopt her. Now she has an overwhelming decision. She loves Alex and loves the life they have created with her mother and soon-to-arrive baby brother, but Adela has strong feelings about her father having to give up his parental rights in order for Alex to adopt her. Alex sets out on her own to find out who her father is, and why he left without a trace. Adela's detective skills serve her well, but what will she do now that her father is found and back in the picture? Will they be able to have the father-daughter relationship that she has dreamed of? Will she fit into his celebrity luchador wrestling family, the Bravos? Middle grade readers will find resonance in the realistic flow of this novel. Pérez writes the struggle of Adela and her family in an authentic way throughout. The ups and downs mixed with the mystery of why Adela's mother kept so much of her life with her father a secret will have readers wanting more. Fans of luchador wrestlers and wrestling will appreciate the sports themes woven all around the family story. Hand this to fans of Pérez's Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers.VERDICT A novel that wrestles with the complex emotions of family and beginnings; a must-have for any library collection serving tweens.—Elizabeth Pelayo - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2022 Pura Belpré Award–winning author Pérez (First Rule of Punk, 2017) is back with another heartwarming novel that explores what it means to be a family. Twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez loves her little family, but when her stepfather asks if he could officially adopt her, what comes to Addie’s mind is all the unanswered questions about her father: Who is he? And why isn’t he in her life? Addie’s mother always avoided the topic of her father, but before Addie agrees to the adoption, she needs her questions answered. Her sneaky detective work leads her to the doorstep of a famous luchador family, the Bravos. As Addie spends time with her long-lost family, she begins to reassemble her and her family’s history while discovering who she is when she is given the opportunity to make choices for herself. Readers will feel an abundance of emotions as they explore the complexity of family relationships and blooming friendship. This coming-of-age novel is also great for readers who may enjoy a humorous novel about wrestling. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.