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Children’s Book Committee – October 2022 Pick

Falling Short
Written by Ernesto Cisneros

Two dissimilar but dear friends, Isaac Castillo and Marco Honeyman, help each other to become the middle grade students they want to be.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“This book touched my heart a lot because it was relatable. It was relatable because I’m a LatinX boy with highly demanding school work, like Marco, and I like playing basketball, like Issac. I recommend this book to any kid whose parents are divorced and are facing challenges growing up. Also, I recommend reading this book to any basketball enthusiast.”

–Malcolm, age 12, New York, NY.


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