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Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros

Hello, Ernesto Cisneros! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! A lot has happened since the last time you visited. I’m grateful you’ve returned to celebrate Falling Short . Please take us on a tour of Jay Bendt’s cover illustration. Ernesto Cisneros:  The front cover shows best friends, Isaac and Marco, who have big plans for sixth grade. Academically-gifted Marco (on the right) plans on finally winning his father’s approval by earning a spot on the school’s basketball team—despite being the shortest boy in middle school. On the other hand, basketball prodigy Isaac (on the left) plans on finally keeping up with his schoolwork in hopes of stopping his parents from arguing. No pressure, right? Both boys are going to need each to keep them from “falling short?” But will it be enough? Imagine Linda Sherman-Nurick, the bookseller at Cellar Door Bookstore in Riverside, asks you to fill out a shelf talker about Falling Short .  Ernesto Cisneros:  This new novel, Falling Short is dedicated t

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