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Allie, First at Last

By Angela Cervantes   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545812238 Hardcover
208 Pages | 5.74" x 8.54" | Ages 8 to 12

Is winning top prize worth losing a friend?

Junko Tabei: The first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Rita Moreno: The first Hispanic actress to win an Academy Award.

Gwendolyn Brooks: The first African American author to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Allie Velasco: ???

Allie Velasco wants to win. Something. Everyone in her family is a standout in some way and Allie is determined to make her mark.

When a prestigious school competition is announced, Allie knows this is her shot. There’s just one problem—her biggest competition is her ex-best friend Sara.

Can Allie take top prize and win back a friend—or is she destined to lose it all?

Angela Cervantes deftly uses an appealing commercial voice to explore universal tween issues like making and keeping friends, dealing with family, and finding your place in the world.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Allie, First At Last

“[A]ll readers should relate to Allie's insecurities, ambitions, sibling issues, and friendship dramas. A sweet middle-grade read that promotes compassion and empathy over competitiveness.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for Gaby, Lost and Found

“A timely, touching, and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An emotionally compelling story.” —School Library Journal