How to Win a Slime War

Random/Wendy Lamb. Sept. 2021. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9 780593302675.
Gr 3-7–Alex’s grandparents have retired, so he and his dad move to Sacramento to run the family’s Filipino market. His dad thinks that Alex should participate in typical “boy” activities like soccer, but Alex’s passion is making slime. However, a girl at school has the slime monopoly and declares a slime war against Alex on his first day. Alex just wants to make slime and make friends. Now he’s in a battle he doesn’t want to fight, playing a sport he doesn’t like, trying to discern real friends from fake. But Alex finally finds his voice and makes good choices. This is a well-written story of family and friendship. Not only does Alex grow and change, but so do his father and new pals. Slime aficionados and newbies alike will enjoy the recipes for slime at the beginning of each chapter. Alex’s Filipino heritage figures prominently in the text.
VERDICT A delightful plot with relatable characters and AAPI representation, this is a necessary purchase. Highly recommended for all collections.

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