Reviews and Praise

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“[A] never-a-dull-moment debut….fitted with an admirable, funny protagonist.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Belford compassionately reveals that there’s far more to Sandro than just his misbehavior; his family’s poverty and immigration worries lead Sandro to take on far more than an 11-year-old should. Sandro’s breezy, conversational narrative, often directed at the reader, offsets the weight of his troubles in this eye-opening story that will likely resonate with a wide audience.”—Booklist

“Belford’s debut contains complex characterization: Sandro is affable and witty, yet his quick temper and poor decision-making will ring true to young readers….readers are likely to stick with Sandro till the sweet, wobbly end.”—School Library Journal

“Holy guacamole! 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

“Sandro is the type of kid you rush to sit by in the cafeteria just so you can hear what he says or see what he does next. Canned and Crushed will charm you, as Sandro is a sweet-hearted, accident-prone mischief-maker you won’t forget. The only thing bigger than the messes he finds himself in is his heart.” —Beth Vrabel, author of Pack of Dorks

“…(in) Canned and Crushed…Belford has given readers a complex male Hispanic lead, something still too unheard of in literature. She’s also provided a lot of gentle lessons, as well as heart, to a creative story. I expect Belford to be around for a long time as an author in demand. … Make it a top priority to read.” –Allison’s Book Bag  Read the full review on Allison’s Book Bag

CANNED AND CRUSHED is included on the LATINX IN KID LIT – Middle Grade Lit list, on – Exploring the world of Latinx YA, MG, and children’s literature.

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