Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

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"Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted."—Booklist Readers 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. Bonus Content Discussion Questions, Author Q&A, and Korean Language Glossary and Pronunciation Guide. Visit pippapark.com to find out more about author Erin Yun, read her blog, and download the language arts educator guide!
Publisher: 2020.
ISBN: 9781944020279
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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darladoodles
Feb 08, 2020

Pippa Park is a plucky heroine and I love having a new middle grade novel with basketball and Korean culture for readers. Pippa is awarded a scholarship to an elite school with the condition that she keep her GPA at 3.0 and above. Immediately she feels the pressure in keeping up with practice, homework, and helping her sister with the family business. On top of that are the difficulties of finding real friends in her new school. She has real concerns about sharing her life with them as she sees them casually dropping large sums of money for mani-pedis and movie marathons. What do you do when your new friends and old friends are side by side in a restaurant? Pippa's struggles are real and authentic. The additional layer of "Great Expectations" retelling was a bit of a stretch and may be confusing to middle grade readers who are still unfamiliar with Dickens. The basketball action and sweet ending will make up for that. Hand this to fans of "Front Desk."

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KristiBernard
Jan 26, 2020

Pippa Park lived with her sister Mina and her husband Jung-Hwa. Her mom was back home in South Korea due to an expired visa. Pippa doesn’t always get along with her sister and things seemed to get worse especially since she had poor math grades. Pippa couldn’t play basketball, which she loved, until her grades were better. As a result, Pippa will have a math tutor at Lakeview School.

Pipa learned that she would be attending Lakeview on a basketball scholarship. It’s a mystery to her as to who submitted an application for her. She suspected it was her new tutor, the very handsome and wealthy Eliot Haverford. As she navigates her way through the halls and various teachers she has to remember that she is no longer at Victoria Middle School and must keep her loyalties to her new school and basketball team. Pipa’s motto is to fake it until you make it, but how far will she go to keep up with the rich kids? How far will she go to hide her true self and what will be the end result?

Authur Erin Yun has created a great coming of age story for middle grade readers. The characters are fun and kids will be able to relate to them. This quick read is perfect for a class read-a-loud so that teachers can open up discussion about goals, dreams and how to just be yourself.

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