#MGTakesOnThursday / Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Lupe Wong Won't DanceBook: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance (2020)
Author: Donna Barba Higuera
Publisher: Levine Querido
Genre: MG, Contemporary

This book in three words…

Baseball, Square Dancing, Determination

Favourite Sentence from Page 11…

“When the halls come into view, Andy, Niles and I exchange a glance. Extra crammed halls mean extra danger.”

My thoughts on this book…

This book is about a young “social justice warrior”, Lupe Wong. She loves baseball above all things, and when her uncle promises to let her meet the star pitcher of her favourite baseball team, she’s all in. Except, she’s got to get all A’s or else. No problem. But when her teacher sneaks in a square dancing unit in Phys.Ed, Lupe is in trouble. Square dancing isn’t even a sport, is it?

First, let’s talk about Lupe’s love of baseball. I loved the connection Lupe had with her dad (who’s dead). How she hears his voice in her head, giving advice on baseball, etc. It definitely helped me sympathize with her. Lupe’s such a firebrand that she is (at times) hard to like.

Now to the square dancing… I loved the scenes where (slight spoiler) she dances with an invisible partner! I am glad that she does give it a try, even after she tries so hard to get out of the whole thing at the beginning.

Personally, I kind of enjoyed our square dancing unit in middle school, and I’m not one for dancing, per se. I remember doing the Virginia Reel, which was pretty fun (and later reminded me of all the Jane Austen style dances). We also learned to line-dance! (Note: I don’t dance these days, but I also don’t really play sports either. Looking back, I’m glad I had to do both in school, even if wasn’t really my thing.)

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I’d recommend it for readers who like sports (especially baseball).

Please note: This book has a fair amount of potty-humour which I, personally, don’t need; but I can understand there are readers who enjoy that sort of thing!

This post is part of a challenge to celebrate middle-grade books. For more information, go to: https://bookcraic.blog/2020/12/31/mg-takes-on-thursday-27/

How to take part…

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.


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