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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook: Gabby Garcia, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Goal-focused Latina scores big hit in series opener.

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It's rare for a sports-themed book to hold broad appeal, but Iva-Marie Palmer deserves a trophy for serving up an engaging, relatable story about a Latina athlete that even gym-phobic kids can enjoy. Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook celebrates talent of all kinds, and the passion and work that goes in to honing talent into skill. Kids will appreciate Gabby's confidence -- she's good, and she knows it -- but also recognize how easily self-assurance veers into obnoxious self-interest. Marta Kissi's artwork, a mix of illustrations and funny doodles, cheerfully riffs off Gabby's wandering imagination.

Predictably, Gabby gets a richer understanding of what it means to be a teammate, but her journey to that point is funny and charming. Everyone endures a losing streak now and then, and Gabby's playbook is a helpful idea starter for readers who might want to try her approach to self-improvement.

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