The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat and Joanna Cacao
Christina is one of the only Asian American students in her school and when she first sees the middle school cheerleaders, she immediately wants to be one, thinking that it will make her fit in. But the tryouts are challenging, and they end with a performance in front of the entire grade. Her best friend Megan, an Iranian American, joins her in the quest to make the squad. But will earning a uniform also gain them acceptance? And will their friendship survive the pressures of the tryouts?
Ms. Krysta says: “Newbery Honoree Christina Soontornvat draws on her own middle school experiences to tell an engrossing and sympathetic coming-of-age story. Young Christina dreams that becoming a cheerleader will gain her the acceptance and popularity she has always longed for in a town where not many people look like her, but not everything turns out the way she imagines. Her struggles and triumphs will resonate with any reader who has ever wanted to belong. A sure winner for fans of Twins, Swim Team, and Real Friends.”