Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer.
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?
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 angelacervantes.com.
- ! "Mrs. Wendy walks toward the blackboard. \"Look, I've written the Trailblazer
contest guidelines here.\" She points out each rule. \"All creative work must be
unpublished. One submission per student. First-place winner gets a trophy and two
\tThe entire classroom gasps. Now everyone's hands are up
with questions. Sara and Hayley squeal back and forth at each other, \"Two hundred
dollars! OMG! Shopping spree!\"
\tGrace turns to me, excited and red-faced.
\"Are you going to do it now? You totally should.\"
\tI nod. I need that first
prize for my family's awards shelf. Luckily, I've got the perfect trailblazer in
mind. That shiny trophy, engraved with the words Alyssa Velasco, First-Place Winner
is going to be mine."