Rooting for Rafael Rosales

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Rafael grew up the Dominican Republic and wants to become a professional baseball player. Maya lives in Minnesota and wants to save the planet. This book is about the challenges they face when they grow up and how they solve them.

This book changes point of view between the two main characters and also time periods, which is a little confusing. I didn’t really understand how Maya and Rafael are connected other than that Maya’s big sister writes about Rafael in her baseball blog and Maya becomes a big fan. My favorite part of the book was how people communicated with each other (dialogue, text messages, emails, blogs) and when Maya babysat because it was funny.

I especially liked when Grace was talking to Maya about weeds and Maya says, “A weed is a plant you don’t want. I want these, so they aren’t weeds.” I think the most real relationship was between Rafael and his little brother Ivan. They got mad at each other sometimes and stood up for each other at other times, which I see a lot in other families with siblings.

I think if you like baseball or the environment then you might relate to these characters and find a part of yourself in them.

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Author Kurtis Scaletta
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date 2017-Apr-25
ISBN 9780807567425
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Issue May 2017
Category Tweens


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