Sliding into Home

Title

Sliding into Home

Authors

Nina Vincent

Publisher

CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781986593496

Pages

250 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Thirteen-year-old Flip Simpson's ideal life just began to crumble. His adoptive parents are splitting up. He's moving from the only home he's ever known. He has to leave before his baseball team finishes the playoffs. And his little sister is his only companion. Flip folds under the weight of so much loss until he meets Ricki, an indigenous classmate who loves baseball and gives Flip a sense of pride in his Mayan roots, and Zorba, an eccentric houseboat dweller who is a cross between The Cat in the Hat and Willy Wonka. Zorba possesses an uncanny ability to sense Flip's fears and doubts and inspires the courage Flip needs to overcome both. Just as life begins to look up, Flip is faced with the challenge of a racist bully. Steve picks at the wounds Flip has tried so hard to mend and brings to the surface questions Flip didn't know he had about race, culture and belonging. Will Flip rise to the challenge and face Steve, or retreat into himself once again?

Grade Level

6-8

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Adoption; Divorce; Interracial; Race discrimination; Bicultural; adopted teenager; adoptive parents; divorced parents; interracial adoption; international adoption; interracial family; racism; bicultural teenager; heritage

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx (Guatemalan) / White

Family Formation

divorced mother and father

Keywords

California; acceptance; bullying; friendship; baseball; sister; fear; Mayan roots; moving

Diversity Impact

direct

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