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Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Title: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance 
Author: Donna Barba Higuera 
Publisher: Levine Querido 
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020 
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary 
Pages: 277

Blurb (Goodreads):

Levine Querido has bought debut author Donna Barba Higuera’s middle grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. Publication is slated for 2020.

Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.

Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she’s not gonna let that slide.


The book published yesterday I am so happy! It’s been a while since I last picked up a book and longed to finish it and it has been even long since I last read a middle age contemporary novel. Lupe is dead set against getting straight A’s in all her classes to not miss out on the chance to meet Fu Li Hernandez, first Chinacan/mexinese pitcher. She is a baseball player and seventh grader. She loves P.E. sessions but when she finds out that they are going to do square dancing for the rest of the semester, she is ready to do anything to save her from the horror of it. Lupe’s character is not only hilarious but I love the way she is represented – especially the fact that she is so strong willed. Another thing that I really loved was the diversity and inclusiveness present in this book.

Author Information

Donna grew up in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. As a child, rather than dealing with the regular dust devils, she preferred spending recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling dial-a-story over and over again, and sneaking into a restricted cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstones as inspiration. ​

Donna’s Middle Grade and Picture Books are about kids who find themselves in odd or scary situations.​ From language to cultural differences in being biracial life can become…complicated. So like Donna,  characters tackle more than just the bizarre things that happen to them in their lives. 

Donna likes to write about all things funny, but also sad, and creepy, and magical. If you like those things, she hopes you will read her books! 

Donna lives in Washington State with her family, three dogs and two frogs. 

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