Pippa Park Raises Her Game (Hardcover)

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Reviewed by Miriam

When Pippa Park is offered a basketball scholarship to a fancy private school, she suddenly begins juggling so much: basketball practices, difficult math homework, and duties at her older sister's laundromat. Add a mysterious cyber-stalker to the mix, and Pippa has bit off more than she can chew. I enjoyed this book immensely. Pippa Park is hilarious and smart, and her struggles with homework and staying on top of all her responsibilities are extremely relatable. Throughout the book, you will root for Pippa and her friends, wince as the consequences of too many commitments begin to affect him, and cheer at the end.

— From Young Readers Advisory Board


"Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted."--Booklist

Readers will cheer on Pippa Park in this wonderful middle school book about friendships, bullying, crushes, and family. In this relatable story, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is on and off the basketball court.

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look.

When Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself. At school, Pippa juggles old and new friends, a crush, and the pressure to get As and score points while keeping her past and family's laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates.

But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened. As things spiral out of control, Pippa wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

A Contemporary Reimagining of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Now an AR Quiz

Bonus Content in the Book includes:
Discussion Questions, Author Q&A, and Korean Language Glossary with Pronunciation Guide

Download the complimentary Tween Book Club printable activities at pippapark.com: word games, make-your-own-book playlist, discussion questions, and the Common Core Language Arts Guide for educators

About the Author

Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Erin is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and articles for BookBrowse. She developed the Pippa Park Author Program, an interactive writing workshop, which she has conducted in person and virtually at schools, libraries, and bookstores. Yes, she used to play basketball as a middle grader!

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944020262
ISBN-10: 1944020268
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English