Canned and Crushed

Canned and Crushed When Sandro Zapote finds out his little sister needs heart surgery he is determined to help his parents raise the money they ll need to help her get better Sandro s dad is in the states illegally and

  • Title: Canned and Crushed
  • Author: Bibi Belford
  • ISBN: 9781632204356
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Sandro Zapote finds out his little sister needs heart surgery, he is determined to help his parents raise the money they ll need to help her get better Sandro s dad is in the states illegally and must work two jobs to support the family For one, he picks up roadkill for the department of streets and sanitation and gets paid by the carcass For the other, he collectsWhen Sandro Zapote finds out his little sister needs heart surgery, he is determined to help his parents raise the money they ll need to help her get better Sandro s dad is in the states illegally and must work two jobs to support the family For one, he picks up roadkill for the department of streets and sanitation and gets paid by the carcass For the other, he collects scrap metal to recycle for cash Sandro helps his dad with some of the scrap metal heavy lifting, and one headboard, a weight bench, some gutters, and a few car parts later, Sandro has a brilliant idea can collecting Save the environment Save his family Maybe even save some spending money for the fabulous, fast new bike he s been coveting.Well meaning and with funny inner monologue, Sandro is the kind of person you can t help but cheer for He s a boy who loves drawing, soccer, and his little sister And whether he s fishing a fuzzy, dust coated turtle out from under his sister s bed or organizing a school wide can drive all by himself, Sandro is a smart, self aware hero, who makes just a few mistakes along the way.Canned and Crushed, by first time author Bibi Belford, gives Sandro a funny, relatable, readable voice, while being fresh and original It s a story that will open its readers eyes, dealing with issues of illegal immigration, unemployment, racism and religious persecution, bullying, and carefully and with a light and often humorous touch This is a cross between The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and it s a book no kid will want to miss.

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    About “Bibi Belford

    • Bibi Belford

      Bibi Belford graduated with a B.A in English from Westmont College and has worked as a playground supervisor for children of migrant workers and was a student teacher in a bilingual classroom before completing her masters in Bilingual Literacy at Northern Illinois University She currently works as a literacy coach and reading interventionist for an elementary school in Illinois She is the mother of four grown children and lives in Batavia, Illinois.



    360 thoughts on “Canned and Crushed

    • A charming tale, Canned and Crushed can sit at the top of the recommended reading lists of teachers who value multi-cultural tales, humorous storytelling, and richly developed voices. Simply put, Bibi Belford's debut novel is a hoot!Sandro Zapote needs money. His dad is an undocumented immigrant who collects scrap metal and dead animals for a living, he needs a new bike (yes, needs), and his sister has a rare heart condition. To top all that, Sandro's soccer team can't seem to make it without hi [...]


    • By the time you finish Canned and Crushed, a middle-grade novel, the main character and the manic style will have won you over. Because finding a novel with a Hispanic protagonist had proved difficult during her teaching days, Belford drew on her experiences with children of migrant workers and with bilingual students to create a story about Sandro, whose father is an undocumented engineer working odd jobs while waiting for paperwork and whose mother is absent because she has taken his little si [...]


    • A Rewarding, But Challenging and Thought Provoking, StoryThe voice of our hero/narrator Sandro is interesting and hard to pin down or categorize. He is much too perceptive, worldly wise and articulate to be a ten year old. His repeated disclaimer that he is trying to build up a sophisticated vocabulary is a charming but ineffective dodge. Despite this, though, the author has created him with enough childish innocence, energy, interests and preoccupations that there is a feeling of an authentic v [...]


    • E ARC from Edelweiss.Sandro has difficult family circumstances-- even though his mother is a US citizen, his father came to the US for an engineering job that fell through, and is living and working illegally. When he is injured on the job and unable to get workers' compensation, he is unemployed and doing odd jobs like picking up dead animals for the city. Things get even tighter for the family financially when Girasol, Sandro's sister, is diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome and must eventually go [...]


    • A book that feels like a walk through a middle-grade school hallway, Bibi Belford has managed to capture the language of middle-schoolers while presenting a character that is often difficult to like, even as you are exposed to more of his life away from school. Sandro Zapote is a kid in a difficult situation: his father is in the US without papers, and his little sister has a heart condition that requires treatment that is far more expensive than his family can afford. The family’s living situ [...]


    • As a mother of an almost ten year old, I do tend to forget that all kids this age often think they can save the world. Sandro isn't trying to save the world, just his family and most importantly his little sister. His voice is clear and full of determination and if he learns anything, its that it is okay to ask for and get help. This the second book by Sky Pony Press that I have had the pleasure of reading an ARC of and I can't wait to recommend at the bookstore where I work. I love that there a [...]


    • Bibi is attuned to grade school humor and speech! The book is written using common everyday speech that you hear in the schools while also introducing young readers to more advanced vocabulary. The topics in the novel are presented in fresh ways that will start good conversations about controversial issues. Loving it so far!


    • Holy guacamole! Sandro is dealing with A LOT. You'll love rooting for him as he deals with school and family drama. Great new voice in youth fiction.


    • Wonderful story with many lessons learned! My Great-Grand daughter is now reading it it is obviously meant for all ages.buy this and enjoy! Easy reading and fun.


    • Canned and Crushed feels like a walk through a middle-grade school hallway. Bibi Belford has managed to perfectly capture the language of middle-schoolers while presenting a character that is often difficult to like even as you get to know Sandro better. Sandro Zapote is a kid in a difficult situation: his father is an illegal immigrant, and his little sister has a heart condition that requires treatment that is far more expensive than his family can afford. The family’s situation gets worse w [...]


    • This is a great book about siblings and the lengths one would go for another. Not only is the main character struggling to balance school with his love of soccer, his sister needs major surgery, and he takes it upon himself to raise the money to save her. This book explores best friends, frenemies, a wayward turtle, entrepreneurship, and the struggles undocumented families can have despite high education and skill. Middle-grade boys especially, and girls, will enjoy this book. Adults too--there' [...]


    • I had the pleasure of sitting with Bibi at a Children's author's conference yesterday. The story behind her book is wonderfully true. There are not many Hispanic boy main characters in children's literature and while it seems that everything goes wrong for Sandro, as a teacher, you know there ARE kids who are dealing with way more than we can ever imagine. I found the book realistic in how Sandro behaves. He doesn't always do the right thing. He knows what his parents expect and what he SHOULD d [...]


    • Sandro comes across as appealingly resilient and cheerful in the face of all that's going on in his life: his little sister's illness, starting a recycling project to raise funds for her hospitalization, living with Papi while Mama and Girasol are gone. He reminds himself to be "a better man" when things don't go his way. Big quibble: Abiola's family is from Pakistan but their last name is consistently spelled "Kahn," with the exception of page 155 when it is (presumably) correctly spelled "Khan [...]


    • Great read aloud to use for a 4th or 5th grade class. Students really enjoying listening to the story. They can relate to Sandro and the struggles he goes through as a kid in school. Using this book as a read aloud also generates a good classroom discussion to be had following the reading. As a teacher, I like the way that the book is written. There is never a dull moment, and very funny from an adults perspective. I would highly recommend this book for teachers to either use as a read aloud, or [...]


    • Sandro is determined to find a way to earn money so that his sister can get the heart surgery that she needs. He finds out that recycling cans can bring in cash, so he arranges to have a disposal unit installed in his school. Sadly, he doesn't realize that all the money earned will be going to the school instead of to him, but there is a happy ending. Nice characterization of a boy who acts before he thinks, but has a good heart.


    • Belford is a reading teacher from Aurora, Illinois. Her main character is a soccer-loving 4th grade boy, Sandro, who has Mexican heritage. The story has themes of immigration, bullying, family illness, and helping others. Teachers will like this book because there is an emphasis on vocabulary but kids will like it because the main character is very "real". He gets in trouble at school, is sometimes jealous of his sister, and doesn't always do his household chores.


    • Sandro is a boy kids will cheer for. He's smart, well-meaning, but makes a lot of mistakes as he tries his best to do the right thing. He sees the world as black and white, fair and not fair, easy or hard. Friend or enemy. When he realizes the choices he makes have consequences that effect everyone, he begins to see the shades of grey that add fullness to life. And, one of his Papi's favorite sayings takes on new meaning: Nothing is as it appears. A perfect book for the middle school crowd.



    • This was a great book! Really expressed "there is always more than it seems." Sandro's perspective shines a light on the pressures of childhood and not being understood as well as not quite understanding what is going on around you. I especially love the vocabulary and math lessons skillfully and subtly woven in. A great read and learning experience for kids and adults!


    • 3.5/5Interesting voice for this story. Some of the plot was a little unbelievable in my opinion. Good for grade 5-7I received this book free through good reads first reads giveaway.


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