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Ernesto Cisneros

Autor/a de Efren Divided

3 obres 320 Membres 23 Ressenyes

Obres de Ernesto Cisneros

Efren Divided (2020) 253 exemplars
Falling Short (2022) 65 exemplars


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Santa Ana, California, USA



This is a Pura Belpre winner chapter book. It centers around a boy, Efren, and how he deals with the deportation of his mother. Efren struggles with taking on the care of his two siblings, keeping up with school work, and his friendships. Intense scenes such as Efren sneaking money to his mother in Tijuana, where he sees violent crime and children workers. Strong message of taking pride in your culture and appreciation for family sacrifices made in immigration. Great messaging about student voice through a school president campaign. I could see this book being used as a whole class reading book for 4-5th graders. Some intense or possibly foreign(or very close to home) scenes would be great to discuss and process as a class.… (més)
zrobinson | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Mar 4, 2024 |
Isaac and Marco are both starting middle school. Isaac wants to finally get better at school and learn to balance basketball with assignments. He also knows that he needs his best friend, Marco, since his parents are arguing all the time at home. Marco, who is a star student, needs Isaac’s help to earn a spot on the basketball team and finally win his distant father’s approval. Will the support and friendship of these best friends help them adjust to middle school and deal with problems at home?

This an ideal pick for sports fans and reluctant readers. Story highlights the importance of friendship and family.
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AnnesLibrary | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jan 28, 2024 |
Heartbreaking, timely, compelling. Recommended for all kids.

I appreciated this book but didn’t love it. The dialogue struck me as a little corny at times, especially David’s. Overall, this felt like a book written to deliver a message, but an important and good one. The story had no villains except our broken immigration system.

I can’t decide if the ending was perfect or terrible. It will definitely spark discussion and hopefully research. Tragically realistic but the author attempts to instill hope in young readers.… (més)
LibrarianDest | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Jan 3, 2024 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: It's 6th grade, a new school, and Marco and Isaac are best friends trying to fit in. Marco finds a group of fellow gifted and talented kids who love to talk about coding. Isaac connected with a few kids from the basketball team. Yet during lunch, they still prioritize each other, even when they are uncomfortable and feel like they don't fit in with each other's new friends. Marco gets bullied by the best kid on the basketball team but when the coach finds out, the bully is kicked off. But not until after BFF tries to stand up for his buddy and ends up tripping the kid and he breaks a leg, preventing him from playing at all. Now there's a spot on the basketball team and Marco decides to put all his focus into finally learning how to play basketball, hoping it'll cause his dad to show up and actually be proud of him. Will Marco be able to do it?

Setting: ?

Isaac - jealous of Marco's confidence, basketball player and fan, practices outside often, befirends Dos Equis at first
Marco - smallest kid in 6th grade, gets picked on by bullies, jealous of the food at Isaac's house, wants his dad to be a part of his life
Dos Equis - AKA Alexxander, huge Lakers fan

Recurring Themes: fitting in, friendship, basketball, hard work, perseverance, loyalty, bullying

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: As I was reading this and even as I type it up, I find I am confusing the main characters because the narrator switches between the two. While I like the different perspectives and points of view, I confuse which character is which, so it may not be correct above.

Genre: realistic fiction

Pacing: slow
Characters: fairly well developed, I occasionally confused which one was which since the chapters alternate narrator between Isaac and Marco

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pigeonlover | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Oct 15, 2023 |



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