Book name: CANNED AND CRUSHED by Bibi Belford.
Audience: Recommended for readers ages 8-13+ years.
Description: Fourth grade’s tough. But how much trouble can one kid get into when he’s just trying to help his sister?
When Sandro Zapote finds out his little sister needs heart surgery, he is determined to help his parents raise the money so she can get treatment. Sandro’s dad is in the States illegally and must work two jobs to support the family. For one, he picks up roadkill for the department of streets and sanitation and gets paid by the carcass. For the other, he collects scrap metal to recycle for cash. Sandro helps his dad with some of the scrap metal heavy lifting, and one headboard, a weight bench, some gutters, and a few car parts later, Sandro has a brilliant idea: can collecting. Save the environment. Save his sister. Maybe even save some spending money for the fabulous, fast new bike he’s been coveting.
Well-meaning and with funny inner monologue, Sandro is the kind of person you can’t help but cheer for. He’s a boy who loves drawing, soccer, and his little sister. And whether he’s fishing a fuzzy, dust-coated turtle out from under his sister’s bed or organizing a school-wide can drive all by himself, Sandro is a smart, self-aware hero who makes just a few mistakes along the way. (description via Sky Pony Press)
A featured review for CANNED AND CRUSHED:
You’ve got to meet soccer star Sandro, whose brain is as quick as his feet—
which is good because between chasing a turtle who’s an escape artist, helping his dad collect roadkill, and conquering fourth grade, he’s got to move fast. Luckily, Sandro’s the kind of kid who puts the can in can-do and the fun in funny.
You’ll laugh out loud at Sandro’s adventures, sympathize with his foul-ups, and cheer for his wins. Also, watch out: you’ll never look at duct tape or fourth grade the same way again!”
—Valerie Tripp, best-selling author of the American Girl series books
Fun Facts: CANNED AND CRUSHED is a fictional story. It may appeal to readers who want to read about a:
- Kid with a little sister.
- Recycling projects.
- Art contests at school.
- Kids who play soccer!
- A pet turtle. And sharing pets.
- Saving the day (or trying to!)
- Funny things teachers always say to kids at school.
- A Latino/Latinx main character
Teacher resources for CANNED AND CRUSHED are available at this page.
About the Author: Bibi Belford is a teacher-turned-author! She graduated with a BA in English from Westmont College and was a student teacher in a bilingual classroom before completing her master’s in bilingual literacy at Northern Illinois University. The author of several middle grade stories often spends time reading, gardening, writing, or researching ideas for her next book. She also currently works as a literacy coach and reading interventionist for an elementary school in Illinois.
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