How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over by Julia Alvarez

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over by Julia Alvarez

Author:Julia Alvarez [Alvarez, Julia]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Ages 8 & Up
ISBN: 9780375899959
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: 2011-01-01T08:00:00+00:00

Melanie, along with two other friends, Sophie and Emily, drop by just as the water polo team is returning to pick up their gear. Cohen invites the girls to come watch the game. “Just as long as you cheer for us, deal?”

The girls giggle assent. Honestly. Victoria is feeling increasingly frustrated with her silly friends. All they seem to think about is boys. If this is what dating does to the human brain, who needs it?

Victoria would just as soon pass on going to the game, but Papa is off coaching, and so she has to babysit her sisters, who’ve also been invited to the game. Essie would have a major meltdown if Victoria proposed staying at home instead. Besides, Tía Lola is coming along with Juanita and Miguel, which should make it fun. And most importantly, the colonel is eager to go. It’ll do him good to be out and about.

“I’d have you know the last water polo game I watched was the famous Blood in the Water match,” the colonel informs the team. “Summer Olympics, 1956, Hungarians against the Soviets.” The colonel goes on to describe the historic game. Amazingly, the young teammates are hanging on his every word. Even Cohen is listening. Certain kinds of history must be okay to learn about. Victoria can’t help noticing the absorbed, almost sweet expression on the team captain’s face. Maybe when he finally grows up, Cohen will turn into a nice human being whom Victoria might consider dating.


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