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How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Tia Lola Stories #4)

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Welcome to Tia Lola's bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tía Lola is opening the doors of Colonel Charlebois' grand old Vermont house to visitors from all over. But Tía Lola and the children soon realize that running a B & B isn't as easy they had initially thought--especially when it appears that someone is out to sab ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Chana Billet
Dec 30, 2014 Chana Billet rated it liked it
This lovely ending to the "Tia Lola" quartet, is Julia Alvarez's final book. True to the other three "Tia Lola" installments, Alvarez captures the challenges faced by kids of immigrants as they adjust to life in a new town, and as their family changes due to divorce and remarriage.

The Sword sisters have moved to Vermont, and their father and Juanita and Miguel's mother are getting married! Tia Lola opens a B & B, and a family feud is circumvented as Tia Lola's competition down the road becom
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Lisa
Jan 07, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Victor's family has moved in with Colonel Charlebois, and have opened his house as a Bed and Breakfast (mostly managed by Tia Lola) Someone is trying to prevent them from being successful, and Tia Lola thinks she knows who is causing trouble with every house guest that arrives. Can Miguel and Essie stop the pranks and save their new business? Another sequel to How Tia Lola Came To (Visit) Stay (read them in order, this one comes after How Tia Lola Saved the Summer"). The original children (Migue ...more
Leslie
This fourth and final installment of Julia Alvarez’s Tia Lola Stories ends on a high note: with a new beginning and another invitation. Tia Lola shouldn’t be easily discarded, and these stories are most certainly here to stay.

Tia Lola is all about helping those around her, whether they are family or community. The Espadas could use help as (the father) Victor deals with some (not uncommon) life-changing decisions. It is lovely when the solution for a source of Income can benefit more than the Es
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Virginia Luna
Feb 11, 2015 Virginia Luna rated it it was ok
Este libro no me gustó para nada, da muchos detalles y vueltas relatando una historia sumamente simple y predecible, entiendo que esta dirigida a un público joven, pero aun así, un buen autor respeta a su audiencia dando argumentos coherentes y con algún grado de profundidad, no escribiendo como un cuento de ensayo de una alumna de primaria, y jactándose de ya tener 4 libros de lo mismo...
Ashlee Phillips
Jun 04, 2014 Ashlee Phillips rated it really liked it
this book is about a Hispanic family that all come together to have a nice outing. They at least think it was going to be nice outing. Have you ever tried to do something or plan something but something doesn't seem right, well if you have you can relate to this book. In this Tia Lola book multiple things happen. Tia Lola and the kids all try to figure out what is going on with their planning. Come to find out someone is purposely trying to ruin things. They all wonder who would do such things ...more
StorySnoops
Jan 28, 2013 StorySnoops rated it really liked it
How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over is the fourth book and satisfying conclusion to the wholesome and heartwarming Tia Lola series about a remarkable Mary Poppins-esque aunt from the Dominican Republic. As in previous books, the story has an over-arching plot line, but also several vignettes involving each of the children, which all wrap up with feel-good messages. The background of this book revolves around Julia and Miguel's divorced parents each preparing to marry new spouses. The blended fam ...more
Lindsay
Read my summary for book three in the series, How Tía Lola Saved the Summer, to learn more about this series for children. This is book four in the series, and I think I liked this more than book three. It could be that I liked it more since I knew more about the characters (I started with book three). In this book, the Espadas have also moved to Vermont, Tía Lola opens a bed-and-breakfast (and very mysterious things begin to happen!), and the families (Guzman and Espada) make a birthday party f ...more
Heather
Not the strongest of the Tia Lola stories, probably because there are so many issues brought in, but still quite good. I didn't much care for the last chapter/la napa, which totally changed gears. I would almost have preferred that the story end after chapter 10. It is a good end to the series, though I think the third book is still my favorite.
Shaeley Santiago
Tia Lola and the kids start a Bed & Breakfast in the Colonel's big house in town after convincing the adults using "the thin edge of the wedge." However, someone is not happy about Tia Lola's B & B and is trying to ruin the new business venture before it even gets started.
Elvia
Jul 24, 2012 Elvia rated it liked it
Cute. The fourth book in a series. Some of it relies on the previous books and at some point there is some confusion. It is a children's chapter book. It is written for a child and it's plot hangs for children which is adequate.
Sharon Kalman
Feb 13, 2012 Sharon Kalman rated it it was ok
Even Julia Alvarez knows that this series needs to end. Family changes and intrigue, but this book is not nearly as sweet or funny or heartwarming as the others. Stick to the first two.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Fourth and last in the Tia Lola series. Tia Lola starts a B&B with a lot of help from the kids, a true extended family affair. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of fun. Try them all. PK
Martha
Apr 02, 2015 Martha rated it liked it
A nice addition to the Tia Lola books.
And a nice "napa" at the end about being able to read books from the library.
 Patti
This is the final book in the Tia Lola series by Julia Alvarez.
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Julia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.

She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l
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Other Books in the Series

Tia Lola Stories (4 books)
  • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay
  • How Tia Lola Learned to Teach
  • How Tia Lola Saved the Summer

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