I WANNA BE YOUR SHOEBOX by Cristina García

I WANNA BE YOUR SHOEBOX

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

There are two big themes at work in García’s bromidic new book: “Change is hard...but it makes you grow,” and, we’re all a jumble of identities and experiences. Certainly Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch, who is going into eighth grade, fits that description. Her father’s parents are Jewish and Japanese and her mother is mostly Cuban. Suddenly change is in the air, the worst of it being that her beloved grandfather Saul is dying. Yumi asks him to tell her the story of his tumultuous life, and the narrative juxtaposes the past and present in their alternating voices. While his voice, full of distinctive cadences and tics, never fully comes alive, the experiences he relates allow Yumi to gain perspective on her own situation and to realize that she must engage in life as an active participant. Although the lessons Yumi learns ring true, the vehicle feels contrived and artificial, which prevents the reader from making an emotional connection. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 29th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3928-3
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008




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