Book Review,  Middle Grade

Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa

Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from ZafaPilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While I love Pilar’s personality and love of filmmaking, other aspects of this book didn’t appeal to me. The decision to blend/mix languages was extremely jolting as I don’t speak the second language used. Now, if the digital version had included annotations (clickable) for each instance of that, I could have made a grand start on learning a second language. Instead, I felt like an outsider, not included in the conversation. And since this is a book meant for young readers, that’s an issue kids already face far too often.

I give this one two stars for effort and imagination, but can’t go higher due to the language barrier issues.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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