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 How to win a slime war
 Author: Respicio, Mae

 Publisher:  Wendy Lamb Books (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 276 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 770618 ISBN: 9780593302675
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Handicraft -- Fiction
 Soccer -- Fiction
 Stores -- Fiction
 Filipino Americans -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction
Family Life
Humorous Fiction

Price: $20.88

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.

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