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Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

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Her last name may mean "kings," but Ana Maria Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she's stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone's friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they'll have even less time ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Tu Books
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ana Maria (or Anamay) lives in New York City with her three sisters and her parents. Her grandmother is nearby, but much of her family lives in the Dominican Republic, including her Tia Nona, who is a well-to-do doctor. When Tia Nona gets engaged, she and her fiance invite the entire family to the wedding. Anamay's father is a public assistance lawyer, and since the family will be getting larger when the new baby is born, there's not a lot of money, so Tia Nona also offe
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Cheryl Klein
This is one of the first two novels I've edited for Lee & Low, and I've pitched it the following ways:

* "THE PENDERWICKS in Washington Heights"
* "A Latina LITTLE WOMEN" (which is also what Julia Alvarez called it!)
* "The smart, guarded, hilarious narrator of MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS meets the piano practicer of A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT"
* "A wonderful new diverse middle-grade debut, full of smarts and heart"

If that sounds like the sort of thing you're interested in, please add it on Good
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Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Eleven year old Ana María lives in a two bedroom apartment in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan with her parents, older sister Gracie, 13, and younger sisters Rosie, 6, and Connie, 3. Ana's parents are from the Dominican Republic, and although their children have never been there, they are proud of their heritage. Her father, a graduate of Columbia Law School, is a public assistance lawyer, so the Reyes family needs to watch their money carefully.

Ana is very smart and talented and it is assu
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Barbara
A 3.5 for the first book from this promising debut author. I hope we'll see more from her and more about her determined young protagonist. Ana Maria Reyes loves her family and her three sisters, but sometimes life in their New York City apartment is just too crowded for any privacy or the quietness she needs to practice her piano. Although she is shocked when her parents tell her there is another baby on the way, the eleven-year-old girl is determined to win a scholarship to a prestigious privat ...more
Mary Sanchez
Eleven-year-old Ana Maria Reyes is a very talented, determined girl. She has her sights on the prestigious Eleanor School in New York city and believes her piano performance will help her win a scholarship. But practicing is difficult with three sisters in a crowded New York City Washington Heights aprartment and then mom and dad announce they're expecting another baby.

How will she ever practice now? She also has to figure out how to practice when her family goes to the Dominion Republic, paid f
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Jennifer
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The major theme of this book is nice- the importance of family, but the character reads younger than her purported age.
Leslie
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ana Maria Reyes is a super smart, super talented girl who lives with her three sisters in Washington Heights in NYC. She hopes to win a scholarship to the prestigious Eleanor School. The book shares the ups and downs she experiences as she prepares for her piano recital that will determine if she will be admitted.
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