PE equals sports.
How is square dancing a sport?!
Lupe wants to become a major league pitcher, so meeting the MLB’s first Asian/Latino pitcher in Seattle will be a dream come true – IF she can ace all her middle school classes.
Getting an A in PE should be easy for the Chinese-Mexican athlete, until Coach announces square dancing and a public performance!
Unhygenic hand-holding, only boys can choose their partner, questionable song lyrics – every objection that Lupe brings up to the principal is met with modifications to their lessons, meaning less time to learn the dance and be chosen to perform and earn that A… her classmates aren’t happy with her.
Advice from her Mexican-American grandmother and Chinese-American grandparents, the voice of experience from big brother, the memory of her late father… she’s just gotta try.
Doctor Who nights with autistic best friend Niles get cancelled, best friend Andy’s mom adds soccer to her overloaded schedule, and Lupe even gets the cold shoulder from her baseball team.
When her assigned partner is injured, Lupe has to dance alone! Now how can she be chosen for the performance and earn her A in PE?
Happy book birthday this week to this strong young woman and her cadre of friends!
When have you bucked tradition for what is right?
Book info: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance / Donna Barba Higuera. Levine Querido, 2020. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.