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Readers will learn about Korean culture and Jewish traditions. Bonus content at the back of the book includes discussion questions as well as a glossary and pronunciation guide for the Korean words and phrases.
Positive Role Models
Pippa is kind and brave and learns that it's OK to be vulnerable and ask for help. Her friends are supportive and remind her that teamwork is essential. Mrs. Lee gives Pippa great advice about never giving up.
Diverse representation includes Korean, Korean American, Lebanese, and Jewish characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Pippa is bullied by one of the Royals. One of Pippa's neighbors fractures her tibia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kids talk about their crushes and boyfriends. A couple kisses.
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Mild language includes "freaking" and "dumb."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One mention of soju, a Korean alcoholic beverage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Erin Yun's Pippa Park Crush at First Sight is a charming and entertaining sequel highlighting teamwork, communication, and perseverance. Although Pippa is bullied by one of her teammates, she finds the courage to be vulnerable with her friends and learns it's OK to ask for help. Kids talk about their crushes and boyfriends. A couple kisses. There's one mention of soju (a Korean alcoholic beverage), and mild language includes "freaking" and "dumb." A glossary and pronunciation guide at the back of the book will help readers learn more about the Korean words and phrases used throughout the story.
Is It Any Good?
This charming and entertaining sequel perfectly captures the awkwardness of middle school. Author Erin Yun seamlessly incorporates Korean culture and Asian American experiences into Pippa's story, and readers will continue to relate to Pippa's friendship and crush dilemmas. Pippa's pride creates many of her problems, which she thinks she can solve alone, but readers will love how Pippa eventually finds the courage to be vulnerable with her friends and admit she feels overwhelmed and left out. As Pippa Park Crush at First Sight progresses, tweens will learn the importance of teamwork, communication, and perseverance and understand that it's OK to ask for help.
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