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Pippa Park Raises Her Game

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A Contemporary Reimagining of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for Middle Graders

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Fabled Films Press
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Jackie
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It’s an interesting book that looks at what it means to follow your dream when everyone else wants you to live by their dreams
Karen Arendt
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Pippa is a likable character, as is her friend Buddy. Her struggles to fit in at a new school are authentic as are the situations she experiences. I liked that some of the students at the expensive private school were portrayed as kind and true friends as well, dispelling the stereotype that all rich kids are spoiled. I am looking forward to sharing this story with my students.
Tara Weiss
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A play on Great Expectations with some fast-paced moves of its own, Pippa Park Raises her Game is the story of a seventh grade girl from a local public school who receives a mysterious scholarship to the prestigious private school in her town to help the basketball team put one in the win column over their rivals. And the rival just happens to be the school from which Pippa transferred. Wanting to keep her roots as a first generation Korean American who works at her family's laundry a secret ...more
Rosemary
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Korean-American seventh grader Pippa Park's is a juggler: living with her older sister and brother-in-law, rather than her Mom, in Korea, she juggles the weight of their expectations; she juggles her responsibilities at home and school, and she juggles schoolwork with her first love, basketball. She receives an unexpected basketball scholarship to an affluent private school, Lakeview Private, and decides to reinvent herself: she doesn't want to stand out as the "scholarship student", especially ...more
Lori Harris
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Disclaimer: I got an e-ARC from Edelweiss. This does not affect my review.
Suzanne
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Even if readers have never heard of Great Expectations, they will enjoy Pippa's story. Just imagine how it would feel to be forbidden to do the one thing you excel at. That is how Pippa feels when her older sister says she cannot play on the school's basketball team because her math grade is too low. And when Pippa learns that she has to see a math tutor once a week - it's like pouring salt on the wound. As she thinks, "No amount of Choco Pies or chestnut cakes could fix this." But things don't ...more
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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Pippa loves to play basketball and struggles a tiny bit in school. She lives with her much older sister, Mina, and Mina's husband, and works in her sister's laundry to help out. Her mother's visa has expired, and she has returned to Korea. Mina pressures Pippa to do well in school, and when Pippa gets a letter that she is invited to attend Lakeview, a local private school on scholarship for her basketball skills, she is very pleased. Even though it means leaving
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delph ✨
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Check my review on my blog : here.

An e-ARC was provided by the publisher Fabled Film Press in exchange of an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

PIPPA PARK RAISES HER GAME is a straight-forward middle-grade story about a girl, Pippa, who ends up in a private school where rich kids go. She takes it as an opportunity to renew herself, to become the cool kid and be part of the popular one while becoming the star player of her new school’s basketball team.

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Shirley Freeman
Twelve year old Pippa lives in an apartment with her hard-working sister and brother-in-law. Seven years ago, Pippa's mom had to go back to Korea when her work visa ran out. Mom (by telephone) and sister (in person) have very high expectations of Pippa. They expect perfect grades, perfect behavior and hard work in her sister's laundromat. They are not particularly impressed with Pippa’s mad basketball skills although her skills are the catalyst for being recruited away from her public middle ...more
Cat
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle schoolers will love this story! I think everyone who's been this age will relate to it. Middle school can be so off putting to so many of us. Clics start forming and everyones going through puberty (that whole hormone mess); and boyfriends and girlfriends, and social groups, sports, band, etc....ugh! I'm glad that's all over with! But for those still there, maybe this book will be a consolation that you aren't alone. We've all been there. Maybe this will make whatever you're going ...more
Jennifer
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Pippa Park's mother is sent back to Korea, she moves in with her older sister and brother-in-law. Pippa's sister loves her, but pushes her hard, sometimes too hard. When her math grade slips, Pippa's sister tells her she won't be able to play on the school basketball team unless she brings it up.
Enter Eliot, a math tutor from the prestigious private school nearby. He is able to explain math in a way Pippa can finally understand. But, he has problems of his own.
When Pippa is offered a
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Lindsey
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pippa Park Raises Her Game is a good book to teach young kids to be true to yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re part of the ‘cool crowd’ or if you help your sister at the laundromat. If being cool means being mean to those who have been with you through thick and then then being cool isn’t cool at all. I think the book goes through some struggles that preteens can relate to.
I didn’t like how towards the end it was blow after blow. I get bad stuff had to happen to get to the good, but it was
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LeeAnn
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was 100% delightful! Pippa is such a great character!

I've seen this referred to as Great Expectations, and while I definitely see the connection, I love that this book also went its own way.

Highly recommend! TEN STARS! :)

Thanks for the Advance Copy! Can't wait to share with all my students!
Linda Juszczak
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has good lessons for kids. Friendship is not about being popular. Reinventing yourself is one thing, but don't push away the ones who were always there for you.
Pippa has to learn some hard lessons, but she eventually is true to herself.
RedPhoenix
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in exchange for my honest review. This was an entertaining story of Pippa and the ups & downs of friends and high school. This book is great for high schoolers and adults as the characters and events are relatable.
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