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Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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
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
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
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
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The characters were likable and believable. The story was good. Would recommend to a middle grader.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Read this with my 9yo daughter. Cute characters, good family dynamics and loved the strong family values. I did feel like it was a little in-your-face preachy at times. While the messages were good, the lessons were clear enough without stating them and undermining the readers abilities. But the strong family, community and individual values are a win for me and glad to share with my daughter.
I loved the character of Ana Maria. She is just so real. She is 13 and she can be quite mature and also very self centered as kids are at that age. Ana Maria's hard working, wonderful family is from the Dominican Republic and Ana Maria learns what is really important in life from them.
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
Melissa Tamayo
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m trying to be more well-rounded and read different genres/age groups. This children’s chapter book was such a good start! Ana Maria; “Anamay” is the protagonist of this story and she is such a good example of how children can realize important life lessons without having an adult nag them all the time about life lessons.

Anamay comes from a big family, and although she loves her family, she is often overwhelmed by the size and energy level of her family in their tiny home. Despite the chaos,
Jennifer Hill
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ana Maria (Anamay to her family) has 3 sisters. Her mom stays at home and her dad is a lawyer, but does it more to help people than work for a big firm making lots of money. Anamay is the 2nd oldest and wants to go to a private school with her friend Claudia. She plays the piano and gets invited to an exclusive recital. Her aunt Tia Nona is getting married and wants the whole family to come to the Dominican Republic for her wedding. She will pay for all travel and at first Anamay's dad says no, ...more
Even if her last name means "kings," Reyes lives in a crowded apartment with her siblings and loves #science and #piano. And then, a series of events including a #vacation to Dominican Republic, where she experiences the reality of life for some children who need to work, to help in the birthing of her sister! Her family comes together for her too, in many wonderful heartwarming ways!
#Endearing #Family #Hispanic #fiction #mg
Susannah Goldstein
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5. Strong debut but it was really cluttered and Anamay was a tiny bit too much of a goody goody.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this heartwarming story of love, friendship and family. Thoroughly recommend.
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.
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5 stars. Enjoyable book about a close knit Dominican family told through the eyes of the second oldest daughter, Ana Maria.
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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