|How to win a slime war
Author: Respicio, Mae
After moving to Sacramento to take over his grandparent's Filipino market, sixth-grader Alex seeks popularity by selling homemade slime at school, while his father insists he join a soccer team.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (09/01/21)
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School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 3–7—Alex's grandparents have retired, so he and his dad move to Sacramento to run the family's Filipino market. His dad thinks that Alex should participate in typical "boy" activities like soccer, but Alex's passion is making slime. However, a girl at school has the slime monopoly and declares a slime war against Alex on his first day. Alex just wants to make slime and make friends. Now he's in a battle he doesn't want to fight, playing a sport he doesn't like, trying to discern real friends from fake. But Alex finally finds his voice and makes good choices. This is a well-written story of family and friendship. Not only does Alex grow and change, but so do his father and new pals. Slime aficionados and newbies alike will enjoy the recipes for slime at the beginning of each chapter. Alex's Filipino heritage figures prominently in the text. VERDICT A delightful plot with relatable characters and AAPI representation, this is a necessary purchase. Highly recommended for all collections.—Julie Overpeck, Gardner Park Elem. Sch., Gastonia, NC - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2021 When Alex Manalo’s father takes over the family’s Filipino market, they move to Sacramento. Alex is nervous about being the new kid and is unhappy with all the changes his father is making to his grandparents’ store. To make matters worse, his father signs him up to play on the neighborhood soccer team! Alex would much rather be working on his passion—making slime. On the first day of school, he is convinced by a new friend to sell one of his concoctions. Only one problem: Meadow MacPherson has a slime monopoly, and she will not share. When Alex challenges her, a slime war is declared. Whoever sells the most slime wins, but at what cost? While Respicio’s book touches upon a few social issues like gentrification and poverty, the central message is about being your authentic self. Kids enthralled by slime will enjoy the recipes scattered throughout the book, which also lend themselves perfectly to extension activities in the classroom. This title is a solid recommendation to any budding entrepreneur or slime enthusiast. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.