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|Flor and Miranda steal the show|
Author: Torres, Jennifer
When Flor finds out that Miranda and her band could potentially put her family's petting zoo out of business, she forms a plan to keep Miranda from an important performance that night.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/18)
School Library Journal (03/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Narrated in the first person and alternating the perspectives of two 11-year-old girls, Flor and Miranda, this story takes place in the course of one day at a traveling carnival where the girls' families work. Flor's father runs the Maldonado Petting Zoo, which barely ekes out a living, while her mother must live apart to sustain them through other work. Miranda is the lead singer in her siblings' band, "Miranda y Los Reyes." After hearing the carnival owner muse about cutting the zoo to raise the band's salary, Flor sets out on a mission to prevent Miranda from a successful first performance on the main stage. The two meet and spend a day filled with stomach-churning carnival foods and fast-moving rides, and their growing friendship is tested when Flor's true motives are revealed. The protagonists' voices are very similar, which might create confusion for intermediate readers, despite visual clues as to who is narrating each chapter, namely, titles with the protagonists' names, the time of day, and analog clock images representing the time. VERDICT A wide range of middle grade readers are likely to see aspects of themselves in both Flor and Miranda. A solid secondary purchase.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, Lisle, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2018 Flor’s family’s petting zoo, Rancho Maldonado, has been a part of the carnival for years, while Miranda’s family and her band, Miranda y Los Reyes, have just started out. Miranda’s family’s band is pulling in such huge crowds that Flor’s family’s petting zoo, whose numbers are dwindling, might get dropped. Distraught, Flor decides to try to sabotage Miranda’s act, but as the two girls spend more time together, they not only find friendship but also realize what is truly most important to them. Flor’s and Miranda’s unique voices are presented in alternating chapters, which detail the challenges they both have endured and the sacrifices they each have made. Flor and Miranda both have hopes and dreams and must deal with the difficulties of getting their loved ones to understand them, but they also gradually come face-to-face with the reasons why their families have to make certain choices. Readers will enjoy getting to know both protagonists and will root for them till the last page. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.