First Lines Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words. Each week we judge a book not by its cover, but through their opening lines. For more information, click on Wandering Words’ post here.
This Week’s Lines
There’s all sorts of bad advice out there about how to deal with bullies. Ignore them. Stand up to them. Tell a teacher, tell a parent, tell your dentist while he’s jamming your teach back in your face.
The real way to deal with a bully is to stick a raw chicken in their locker.
Okay, My Friday Lines Book Is…
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal.
Gabi is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–she takes it all in stride. Sal knows that she is someone he can work with.
There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
This is a fun Middle Grade story with diverse characters! This book is perfect for children 8-12 years of age. It also has Cuban representation!
I hope everyone has a restful weekend!