A thought-provoking read-aloud.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This tender story, written in lyrical text, perfectly blends the protagonist’s joy at playing her favorite sport with the loneliness of being the new kid in unfamiliar territory… This quiet gem is lovely for one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal
Boelts’ quiet tale celebrates the perseverance of a young girl as she attempts to achieve her goals.
Castillo’s stylized, expressive watercolor illustrations effectively depict the bleakness of Sierra’s situation and her small triumph. Realistic without being overly sentimental, Boelts’ uplifting story realizes the impact of family, community, and even a little cheering in a child’s life.
This story poignantly points out the contrast of living and playing in different worlds… This story will help all children empathize with the lives of others.
—Library Media Connection
What could have been a pedantic lesson in class contrast instead is a heartfelt and honest reminder that everyone needs fans on the sidelines once in a while.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books