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Falling Short



by
Ernesto Cisneros

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Quill Tree
ISBN
9780062881724
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use
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In his sophomore novel, Pura Belpré Award–winning author Ernesto Cisneros brings laughs, real-world issues, and tons of heart in equal measure to the story of two close friends who must rely on each other to become the versions of themselves they want to be.

Pura Belpré Award–winning author Ernesto Cisneros is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who seem like they couldn’t be more different, but who have more in common than they realize.

Best friends Isaac and Marco already know sixth grade is going to change their lives. But it won’t change things at home—not without each other’s help.

This year, athletically gifted Isaac plans on finally keeping up with his schoolwork. Better grades will surely stop Isaac’s parents from arguing all the time. Meanwhile, academically gifted Marco plans on finally winning his father’s approval by earning a spot on the school’s basketball team.

But will their friendship and support for each other be enough to keep the two boys from falling short?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 7

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Sports

Topics

Best friends. Middle schools. Mexican Americans. Basketball. Fathers and sons. Friendship. Hispanic and Latino Americans. Sports and recreation. Confidence. Bullying.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Marco Honeyman and Isaac Castillo are next-door neighbors and best friends, despite their apparent differences: Jewish-Mexican Marco is small and book-smart, while Isaac, who is also Latinx, is a gifted and hard-working basketball player who struggles to manage his homework. Part of Marco and Isaac's bond is their desire for approval from their divorced parents. Isaac hopes his mom won't give up on him the way she gave up on his dad because of his drinking, and Marco wishes his dad would come back and be proud of him. When they enter middle school, Marco and Isaac stand by each other, despite different classes and friend groups. When Marco decides to try out for the baseketball team to impress his father (despite never playing before), Isaac coaches him. The boys' bond of friendship is the core of the story; they have honest conversations, admire each other's good qualities, and support each other through anxiety attacks and family problems. After a tough tournament game, Isaac concludes, "Life is like a game of basketball.it pretty much comes down to the hustle we put in." VERDICT At every turn, Isaac and Marco support each other in this affirming story of basketball, middle school, friendship, and family, and choosing kindness and determination over easy cowardice or cruelty. Highly recommended for school and public libraries.-Jenny Arch

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Marco Honeyman and Isaac Castillo are next-door neighbors and best friends, despite their apparent differences: Jewish-Mexican Marco is small and book-smart, while Isaac, who is also Latinx, is a gifted and hard-working basketball player who struggles to manage his homework. Part of Marco and Isaac's bond is their desire for approval from their divorced parents. Isaac hopes his mom won't give up on him the way she gave up on his dad because of his drinking, and Marco wishes his dad would come back and be proud of him. When they enter middle school, Marco and Isaac stand by each other, despite different classes and friend groups. When Marco decides to try out for the baseketball team to impress his father (despite never playing before), Isaac coaches him. The boys' bond of friendship is the core of the story; they have honest conversations, admire each other's good qualities, and support each other through anxiety attacks and family problems. After a tough tournament game, Isaac concludes, "Life is like a game of basketball.it pretty much comes down to the hustle we put in." VERDICT At every turn, Isaac and Marco support each other in this affirming story of basketball, middle school, friendship, and family, and choosing kindness and determination over easy cowardice or cruelty. Highly recommended for school and public libraries.-Jenny Arch

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