As one of the only Asian Americans in her school, Christina confronts both well-meaning ignorance and cruel racism, but in middle school, fitting in is important, which is why she and her best friend Megan are both excited and nervous to try out for the popular cheerleading squad.
GAME FACE ON.
This pitch perfect graphic memoir about courage and competition, friendship and belonging is perfect for fans of Smile, New Kid, Rollergirl, and Real Friends.
"A captivating middle-grade gem." -- The New York Times Book Review
★ "Funny, relatable, and genuine." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Captures every nuanced emotion." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Delightfully expressive...a standout." -- Booklist
When cheerleading tryouts are announced, Christina and her best friend, Megan, literally jump at the chance to join the squad. As two of the only kids of color in the school, they have always yearned to fit in--and the middle school cheerleaders are popular and accepted by everyone. But will the girls survive the terrifying tryouts, with their whole grade watching? And will their friendship withstand the pressures of competition?
Hilarious and highly relatable, The Tryout by two-time Newbery Honoree Christina Soontornvat and shining new talent Joanna Cacao will make you laugh, cry, and cheer!
Publication Date: Sep-2022
Lexile Level: 0360
Ages: 08 - 12