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“Upbeat and effervescent… An artfully rendered, sweetly impressive coming-of-age journey.”
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Doodles from the Boogie Down

Written by Stephanie Rodriguez
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

Eighth grade in New York City means one thing: It’s time to start applying to high schools! While her friends are looking at school catalogs and studying for entrance exams, Steph is doodling in her notebook and waiting for art class to begin. When her art teacher tells her about LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Steph desperately wants to apply. But she’s in the Bronx, and LaGuardia is a public school in Manhattan—which her mom would not approve of. Steph comes up with a plan that includes lying to her mom, friends, and teachers. Keeping secrets isn’t easy, and Steph must decide how far she’ll go to get what she wants.

Primary ISBN: 9780451480651
Publication Date: April 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 09 or older

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Setting: United States (New York City, NY)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

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