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Lupe Wong Won't Dance

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She's also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.

Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pit
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Levine Querido (first published 2020)
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Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
also found on my blog.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher as part of the blog tour hosted by Colored Pages Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my evaluation of the book.

There’s nothing like middle grade fiction to remind me of my bygone days as an awkward tween/teen. In some ways, reading Lupe Wong Won’t Dance felt like peering into my own middle school memories. This book really evokes the way school is basically your entire life, your peers and teac
chloe ♡
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

there’s a lot of things lupe wong would rather do than square dance in pe class – eat raw maggot puke, eat ten banana slugs a day for the rest of her life, and hang from a burning rope over the grand canyon filled with rattlesnakes. however, her uncle promised her that if she gets straights a’s, she gets to meet fu li hernandez, the first chinacan player in the major leagues, and she is determin
Mridula Gupta
Guadalupe Wong’s enthusiasm is infectious. A determined and stubborn child who has a goal to reach- to get A in her PE Class and meet Fu Li Hernandez. But her plans derail time and again. Armed with PPT presentations, insights from a Child Psychologist etc. she launches a mission to remove square dancing from the curriculum because a sports-person has nothing to do with dance. As her focus shifts, based on the crisis at hand, she manages to get a gender-neutral dancing setup. Now picture a child ...more
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lupe Wong Won't Dance is a strong, funny debut about the trials of middle-school, especially for a sports-loving girl who refuses to stay boxed in by society. This novel tackles serious issues such as the death of a parent, racism, and gender inequality, with plenty of heart and humor. Friendships, life as Mexicanese/Chinacan (biracial; Chinese-Mexican), and the history of square dancing are also front and center in this one. Highly recommended for lovers of funny sports books and fans of Millic ...more
Karen Kline
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Would you rather eat raw maggot puke or learn to square dance? If your name is Guadalupe Wong, the answer is a resounding, “Bring on the MAGGOT PUKE!” Lupe is a seventh grader at Issaquah Middle School, and she and her friend Niles love to play “would you rather.” Lupe is on her way to getting straight As at school, but seemingly out of left field a square dancing unit in p.e. class threatens to shut Lupe out of a big dream she has to meet her baseball idol Fu Li Hernandez. She has a deal with h ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, middle-grade
One of the only good things 2020 gave us was so many wonderful middle-grade releases. This was just perfect! A highlight of the year. ...more
dinah (dinahthereader)
Rating: 3.75/5

As a Chinese person myself, Lupe Wong Won’t Dance was such a spectacular read. This is one of the best middle-grade books I’ve read and I devoured it with such happiness.

The thing that I loved most about this book is the Chinese representation. From food to culture, this book was definitely spot-on about some things. I particularly loved the mention of don tat, Qingming, steamed eggs, and feng shui! Not forgetting the amazing lion dance! The representation is amazing and I strongly
Phoenix (Books with Wings)
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this yesterday and it was good!
I think I still enjoy reading middle grade books because they're shorter and easier to read. But they can also mention important issues like race like in this book, just in small but loud ways that younger people can understand easier.
I really enjoyed it, though if I were to ask for one thing it would be more baseball. Then again, I feel like I'd ask for more baseball in any book I read so really that's not much of a complaint. At least baseball was IN the b
Sharon Skinner
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Strong writing. While at first I wasn't sure I could relate to the protagonist, I found myself drawn into the story and emotionally invested in Lupe's world. I particularly enjoyed the cross-cultural aspects. Well done. ...more
4.5 Stars

CWs: bullying, incurred racism and racist comments, brief descriptions of vomit and physical injury, exploration of grief and parental loss

Hi, this was wonderful, and I can't wait to talk more about it!
Amparo Ortiz
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh, this book is a DELIGHT. Not only is Lupe's narration hilarious (I lost count of how many times I had to stop due to laughing fits), it's also a punch in the feels, especially when she grapples with her father's passing and her complicated social status at school. I want every kid in the world to read Lupe's story and join her on a journey to fight for what she believes in. Hopefully, she'll help them be brave enough to fight for what they believe in, too. ...more
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
I'm giving this book a solid 3. I struggled a lot going back and forth between feeling meh about it to loving it and it just seems like the right rating for me. There were times the book seemed over the top on certain things, but then I had to keep reminding myself that this book is meant for people who are less than half my age (YIKES). Either way some things just didn't make sense to me to be included, but then I was also (literally) laughing out loud. It was a somewhat ridiculous and funny st ...more
miya (toomuchmiya)
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera tells the story of Guadalupe Wong, a twelve-year-old girl who dreams of becoming the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. And the first Mexinese girl to throw a no-hitter. After her uncle promises her an encounter with Fu Li Hernandez, a Chinacan/Mexinese professional pitcher (and her idol) under the condition that she must get straight A's all across the board, she studies hard but there's just one problem.

This quarter's PE curriculum is... Sq
Rishika Aggarwal
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable and insightful book that is sure to delight kids of all ages.

Lupe Wong is a baseball fanatic, and the one thing she wants more than anything is to feel pitcher Fu Li Hernandez, the first Mexinese pitcher in the big leagues. Her uncle, who works for Fu Li's team, has promised to take her to meet him as long as she gets all As in school.

That should be a breeze, especially when it comes to gym class, one of Lupe's favourite classes. But to her horror, she's about to discover tha
Melissa Mcavoy
4 1/2 stars. Lupe Wong is hilarious. “My gym shorts burrow into my butt-crack like a frightened groundhog” is a pretty arresting first sentence. It is so great to have an issue-centered story, full of diverse characters, that deals with death, racism, gender-diversity and middle school humiliation that is character-driven and full earthy humor and lots of smells. A great book to both engage AND entertain.
I really appreciated that Lupe’s efforts to ban square dancing in gym never became didactic
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this debut book by Donna Barba Higuera down. I read the book in two evenings, staying up way past midnight because I couldn’t wait till the next day to find out the ending (and I didn’t guess the ending either). Lupe’s story had me laughing out loud and at times also teary-eyed. And while this book is aimed at middle schoolers and addresses the challenges that age-group deals with in school, there is plenty for adults to enjoy and also to learn from. The lessons Lupe learns while ...more
Erin Cataldi
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Charming, uplifting, and unique - this middle grade novel is a tour de force. Lupe Wong is willing to do whatever it takes to get straight A's so she can meet her baseball hero, Fu Li Hernandez. Like Lupe Fu Li is Mexicanese/Chinacan and since her father's death there has been a hole in her life and she is convinced that if she meets Fu Li it will somehow make her closer to her father. The only thing standing in her way is... square dancing. PE was supposed to be her easy A - but when she finds ...more
At first I was annoyed with Lupe Wong, because I happened to like dancing and dislike sports, so couldn’t see what her problem was. But as she discovers more and more about the history of square dancing, and the rules, I get very much on her side.

There is a lot of sexism and racism to unpack in what appears, on the surface, to be just a traditional folk dance.

Lupe is of Mexican and Chinese heritage. Her best friend is Black. Another friend is autistic. A third friend has a chipped tooth, which i
Katie Reilley
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing #bookexpedition with an ARC to share.

Baseball loving Lupe has a goal her 7th grade year: earn straight As so her uncle will take her to meet her baseball hero, Fu Li Hernandez, pitcher for the Mariners who’s Chinacan/Mexinese (just like she is) and reminds her of her dad (who she misses dearly as he’s passed away).

But one thing stands in her way...PE class. Normally this would not be a problem for Lupe, but a square dancing unit threatens to
Shannon (That's So Poe)
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
What a great middle grade! I loved how this book handled Lupe's journey to learning how to fight for what matters to her while also balancing being caring and considerate of other people's needs. She's such a great stubborn young girl and I loved seeing her growth over the course of the novel. I also loved the discussion about history and culture and how to be inclusive of everyone. There were a few parts in the middle of the book where the drama between friends was a bit much for my taste, and ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was not only fun but funny. This should become a classic middle grade read, with Lupe and her troubles with square dancing. It's refreshing to read about a girl who unabashedly loves baseball and has a goal of pitching for the majors. What's also really great is Lupe also has diverse friends who are fleshed out instead of just side characters. This book also deals with what many kids that age go through, grief, friend navigation, exclusion, embarrassment and fighting for what you belie ...more
Kim Bongiorno
I remember being this thick-headed and stubborn in middle school. Thinking I was doing right, when I was just too stuck in my own head to be able to really see what was going on around me. Even with my closest friends.

This is a good one for middle schoolers, for sure.
Alexandra Alessandri
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ls-books
My 13-year-old son read it in a day. He loved it!
Shannon McNeice
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast, funny, thought-provoking, and so true to middle school culture!!! Can't wait to share with my students! ...more
Hilda Burgos
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lupe is a tough cookie who is also vulnerable and lovable. I was rooting for her from page one!
Jolene Gutiérrez
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lupe not only loves baseball, she's a great baseball player! She's hoping to make it to the major leagues. When she has a chance to meet baseball player Fu Li Hernandez if she keeps her grades up, Lupe is ready to do everything--well, almost everything--it takes to get straight As. When her PE teacher introduces a square dancing unit, she's found the one thing that Lupe doesn't want to do, because LUPE WONG WON'T DANCE. Lupe is hilarious, stubborn, driven, and has such a good heart. Readers will ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Chronicle Books through Edelweiss+.
Lupe is a strong main character. She's committed to baseball and not at all interested in square dancing. She's also a middle schooler struggling to figure out how she fits in. Tender times when she thinks about her dad and struggles with her grief. She also happens to be half Mexican and half Chinese or Chinacan as she chooses.
Terrific debut novel that captures the middle school age group in all its glory and difficulties. Rea
Alie C
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Super cute book with a heartfelt message. I loved the emphasis on diversity and it definitely seemed like it came from a middle school perspective. At times, the book felt like it was trying to tackle too much: race, sexism, bullying, death, cultural self-identity. I think it would have felt more satisfying if only a couple of topics in that list were focused on. I liked Lupe and her mix of friends. As a multiethnic person, I thought the author captured the balancing act a child goes through esp ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance is a humorous,yet sympathetic, look at the middle school experience. Lupe is part Chinese, part Mexican, and her dream is to become the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. Her uncle promises she can meet her favorite pitcher Fu Li Hernandez if she gets A’s in all her classes. Lupe hopes that meeting Fu Li will help her process her dad’s death, and the way in which he seemingly gave up on his own dreams of playing professional baseball in or
Ms. Yingling
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Lupe has very strong opinions about many things that go on at school, so when she finds out that there will be a square dancing unit in gym class, she is not shy about letting her gym teacher, principal, and mother know that this is not acceptable. She researches the song they are learning "Cotton-Eyed Joe", and presents Principal Singh and Coach with her evidence linking the song to topics that will corrupt young minds. The class starts again, using "Turkey in th
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