|Any day with you|
Author: Respicio, Mae
During the summer before seventh grade, Kaia, who enjoys living in Southern California, visiting the beach with her family, and creating movie make-up effects, makes a film with her friends to win a contest and hopefully prevent her beloved great-grandfather from moving back to the Philippines.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 510477
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 4–6—An authentic, gentle tale of family and the meaning of home. Kaia and her family are devastated when her great-grandfather, Tatang, announces he is leaving California and returning to the Philippines for good. Yet, when Kaia, a budding makeup effects artist, and her talented friends, Abby and Trey, learn of a local film contest, Kaia is sure she can get Tatang to stay. Kaia's love for Tatang and his love for her is felt on every page. Readers will fall in love with Tatang's stories, cheerful attitude, and calming presence. They will cheer on Kaia and her friends as they attempt to make an award-winning Filipino monster movie in an attempt to get Tatang to stay. The story is full of Filipino folklore, history, and cuisine, and the beautiful backdrop of the ocean adds to the story's visual appeal. Kaia's character develops nicely, gaining an understanding that "the heart can have more than one home." The secondary characters all have distinct voices that enhance the narrative. VERDICT A tender #OwnVoices tale that is a must-purchase for all school and public library collections.—Rebecca Fitzgerald, Harrison Public Library, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2020 Kaia’s family has lived with her Tatang Celestino as long as she can remember. She has grown up on her great-grandfather's stories, like the myth of the Bakunawa, the great serpent whose quest to swallow the moon causes eclipses. So when Tatang announces his decision to move back to the Philippines to live out his final days, Kaia’s world is rocked. To soften the blow, Tatang presents Kaia with an opportunity to help him say goodbye to the country where he has lived for decades. As they tick off the items on his list together, Kaia learns just how deep Tatang's love for her is. Respicio has written an amazingly earnest novel for young readers, focusing on the relationship between generations that is a hallmark of Filipino culture. Through the narrative device of a film competition, the reader follows Kaia on her emotional journey from trying to convince Tatang to stay to finally letting go and accepting his decision. Inspiring and heartfelt, this book will leave readers with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.