by Soto, Gary; Velasquez, Eric (ILT)

When Miata leaves on the school bus the skirt that she is to wear in a dance performance, she needs all her wits to get it back without her parents' finding out that she has lost something yet again

Again, fourth-grader Miata Ramirez has lost something. This time it's her mother's folkl rico skirt, saved from her childhood in Mexico. Miata's costume for the church dance performance is now on board a school bus, locked up for the weekend. Unable to face her mother's scolding, Miata breaks into the bus and retrieves the garment, only to find out later that her mother has bought a new skirt as a surprise. Sorry that the old skirt may not be worn again, Miata dons both on her special day. As in previous books (Baseball in April, 1990; Taking Sides, 1991), Soto shows a mainstream audience that the lives of middle-class Hispanics resemble their own. Ultimately, however, the story is unsatisfying: Miata rescues the old skirt to avoid a lecture, not because the garment embodies a sense of time, culture, or tradition for her. A mixed showing from a talented author. (Fiction. 7-10) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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