Allie, First at Last (Paperback)

A Wish Novel

By Angela Cervantes

Scholastic Paperbacks, 9780545812689, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Spanish (8/29/2017)

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Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer.

A trendsetter.

A winner.

No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner’s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that’s what Allie thinks . . . she’s never actually won anything before. Everyone in her family is special in some way -- her younger sister is a rising TV star; her brother is a soccer prodigy; her great-grandfather is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

With a family like this, Allie knows she has to make her mark or risk being left behind. She’s determined to add a shiny medal, blue ribbon, or beautiful trophy to her family's award shelf. When a prestigious school contest is announced, Allie has the perfect opportunity to take first -- at last. There’s just one small snag . . . her biggest competition is also her ex-best friend, Sara. Can Allie take top prize and win back a friend -- or is she destined to lose it all?

About the Author

Angela Cervantes is a poet, storyteller, and animal lover. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications, and she has written the novels Gaby, Lost and Found and Allie, First at Last. When Angela is not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband in Kansas and eating fish tacos every chance she gets. Keep up with Angela at

Praise For Allie, First at Last: A Wish Novel

Praise for Allie, First at Last:

"A sweet middle-grade read that promotes compassion and empathy over competitiveness." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Laced with Mexican-American language and culture, this realistic drama is filled with gentle humor, big lessons, and even bigger heart." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Gaby, Lost and Found:

“A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by

children in mixed-status families.”-- Kirkus Reviews

“An emotionally compelling story.” – School Library Journal

“A timely and important story about immigration, deportation, and abandonment

wrapped in a warm-hearted tale that will appeal to all.” -- Sonia Manzano, Emmy

Award-winning actress who plays “Maria” on Sesame Street and Pura Belpre Honor

Award-winning author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.