Pippa Park Raises Her Game
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 ...more
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To sum this book up, it’s Mean Girls for middle graders with the addition of basketball and a big lie that threatens to blow up everything!
I know this is a Great Expectations retelling, but honestly, as I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think of Mean Girls often—it just has that vibe (I guess I’d forgotten most of GA, which I read in my high school days, but that didn’t cut down on my enjoyment of the book). Pipp ...more
I loved getting to know Pippa. She made a lot of mistakes during the book and it was interesting to be inside her head to see why she did and said the things she did. Throughout the book, she just wants to fit in and be more than she was at her old school. I think we can all relate to that feeling of wanting to ...more
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Pippa Park Raises Her Game is a middle grade retelling of Great Expectations. In this retelling we follow sixth grader and talented basketball player Pippa Park who’s just been recruited into the most prestigious middle school she knows of and her current school’s rival, Lakeview Prep. Pippa jumps at this chance, getting to be at the same school as her crush and math tutor and leaving behind her best friend.
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Pippa was disappointed, that her sister Mina made her give up her beloved basketball, when her math grade drops. Then fate intervened, and Pippa was offered a basketball scholarship from the local prep school. Not only did they expect her to help them break their losing streak, but she had to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and start over in a new school. Being a "have-not" among the "haves", Pippa hid parts of ...more
Anyone who has ever struggled to fit in, meet family expectations, or to maintain their cool in front of their crush will easily be able to relate to Pippa as she tries to navigate a new situation and her attempts to live up to her newly-created persona start to spiral out of c ...more
I loved the character of Pippa,,,her outlook,,,her amazing basketball skills,,,her love for her Korean family,,,her growth in this book. The lesson is simple, being rich does not guarantee happiness. And conversely, you can seem to have very little and actually have a lot. The adventure to getting to these conclusions involves Pippa getting a scholarship to a swanky school who would like her basketball talents ...more
There still aren’t that many books that feature female athletes, so it was great to see Pippa participating in this sport she loves, playing basketball with the aggression of a star player yet at the same time being a good teammate.
Since Pippa spends much of the novel pursuing popularity at the expense of friends and family, she makes plenty of choices along the w ...more
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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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 h ...more
This book is more than just about playing sports. It touches on just about every conceivable pressure a child faces in middle school and junior high: going to a new school, trying to fit in, trying to be popular, just having friends, choosing new friends over old friends, struggling to get goo ...more
I'm not a sports fan so realistic sports novels aren't usually my first pick. I have to admit sports are a bit of a reading gap for me. Many times though, the stories are great and I end up wondering why I don't read more of them. Pippa Park is one of those books. Basketball isn't why I picked it up, but it also didn't make me stop reading. When a character is passionate and enthusiastic about any one thing, it makes me want to stick with them and see where ...more
Pippa Park might be great at basketball, but math is not her thing, and that causes some major troubles. Being raised by her older sister and her husband—since their mother had to return to Korea due to a lack of a green card—life wouldn't be too bad, but her older sister is strict. That means no basketball until Pippa gets her grades back up. When she's suddenly info ...more
Erin Yun has created a modern day twist on Great Expectations with Pippa Park Raises Her Game. It adds a nice twist to compare it to the original, but Pippa stands on her own. A quality look at the challenges of being a teen, especially being one who doesn't quite fit in for whatever the reason. Pippa struggles with feeling the need to hide who she really is, where she previously ...more
Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and served as president of its policy debate team. This experience came in handy when she became the debate consultant for the Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway—What the Constitution Means to Me. Erin is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and artic...more