Falling Short

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros is a cute story of friendship. Isaac Castillo and Marco Honeyman have been best friends since they were in kindergarten, although they couldn’t seem more different on the surface: Isaac is tall and a great basketball player but has a hard time with schoolwork, while diminutive Marco is a stellar student but not so super when it comes to sports. Yet, both boys bond over their troubled backgrounds and provide each other with kindness and support. Now they’re both entering sixth grade and Isaac is determined to get better grades, just as Marco has his heart set on joining the basketball team. The book shows with both humor and empathy the ways in which the boys navigate their individual challenges together. (Chapter Books)