Grape is in trouble again! He punched Miss Roof in the arm! Now he’s suspended for two weeks, and Principal Clarkson has threatened to send him to Riverwash, a school for problem kids. But he has one last chance. Grape must spend an hour a day writing about his history of trouble, and there’s a lot of trouble to choose from… Grape’s best friend Lou is by his side, and even though Grape drives his parents crazy, they’re pulling for him all the way. But will Grape make sense of it all? Will it be enough to keep him out of Riverwash?
Gabriel Arquilevich was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, a child of Argentinian immigrants, a child the ‘70s. A lifelong teacher, he is the author of several middle-grade textbooks, including Writing for 100 Days, which appears in Cathy Duffy’s Top 101 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. His poetry, published widely, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives with his wife in Meiners Oaks, CA.
Where did the idea for Grape! come from?
Events from my childhood! Every one of Grape’s misadventures really happened, although the places and people are fictionalized around the edges, as are a few other things (top secret!). On a side note, I actually started the book many years ago, but it was a straight memoir as told by grown-up me. It was okay, but once I allowed my child self to tell his own stories, the voice had a lot more energy.
Then I had a big decision to make: How was I going to present the stories? That’s when the idea of writing letters to the principal came to me, along with the spiders in Grape’s head.
For Adriana y Jaime