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."--BooklistReaders will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park in this compelling middle grade reimagining of Great Expectations. Navigating friendships and cyberbullying at a new school, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is. 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. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the "Rules of Cool." At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her 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 begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try. GREAT FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
Bonus Content in the book includes:
Discussion Questions, Author Q&A, and Korean Language Glossary with Pronunciation Guide Download complimentary Tween Book Club printable online activities at pippapark.com: word games, make-your-own playlists, discussion questions, and Common Core Language Arts Guide for educators.
About the Author
Debut author Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and served as president of its policy debate team. This experience came in handy for her job as the debate consultant for the Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway--What the Constitution Means to Me. Erin is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and articles for BookBrowse. She currently lives in New York City, and yes--she used to play basketball as a middle grader!