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Publisher's Note:

Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer. A trendsetter. A winner. No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner’s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that’s what Allie thinks . . . she’s never actually won anything before. Everyone in her family is special in some way -- her younger sister is a rising TV star; her brother is a soccer prodigy; h…

Allie, First At Last

by Angela Cervantes

Overall Book Review:

What would any normal 5th grader do when they come from a family of over-achievers? Why become obsessed with winning something for themselves, of course! This is exactly what Allie does in this new novel by Angela Cervantes, titled Allie, First At Last. However, just like many good intentions, things get a little out of control. Allie takes the mindset of winning a little overboard and it begins to cost her. Does she learn her lesson too late? Is the damage done? Well, these are things that all come to light in the novel, and Allie is on her way to figuring them out and learning a little something about what is most important in life.

In Allie, First At Last lessons of what it means to be a true hero and the fact that there are better ways to measure the worth of a person than medals and trophies are taught. The problem though is that for Allie these are hard things to learn when your focus has been on one thing for so long. In the end, friendship, family and making the world a better place for others are where the real prizes are and Allie just might be on the right track to learning that. These lessons are also good reminders for anyone going through life, but especially for those trying to navigate middle school life and leaving a mark on the world at the same time.

Be sure to check out Gaby, Lost and Found, also by Angela Cervantes.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

War, death of family members.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.