Eventually, Luna discovers that Claudia was not being teased after all. Every joke Luna heard was actually directed at her! Luckily, Claudia comes to her rescue, standing up for Luna by telling the other kids to leave her alone. That's when Luna realizes the true meaning of her grandmother's wise advice -- "blood is thicker than water." She and Claudia may not like each other, but they are still primas. And it's the job of primas to stand up for each other.
Claudia is a much more sympathetic character than Luna, who was a bit too impulsive for my taste; I wouldn't mind a book about her! Readers who were fans of Junie B. Jones in early elementary will appreciate Luna's sassy impertinence, and those wanting an updated version of Naylor's Alice that isn't so blandly WASPy will enjoy spending time with Luna's primas.
This is a solid, realistic fiction about a girl facing small challenges and being supported by her family, even if she doesn't always appreciate them. We are seeing so many great books involving families from other cultures, and the details about celebrations, food, and every day interactions are a good way to demonstrate that while people may go about their daily life differently, people are basically the same. Great for elementary or early middle school. The knitting pattern for this hat needs to be included!