This post is about Victoria Torres Face the Music and has free work pages to supplement reading the novel. It is part of the 2016 Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016, and is about a book in the Victoria Torres Unfortunately Average series.  It is for the book Face the Music, and has a few free work pages to accompany the text.

Victoria-Torres-free-work-pages-In January there will be many posts for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 on the dozens of participating blogs. Each blogger is providing a printable or activity for the books they received from the sponsors. This annual event is otherwise known as MCCBD. This is the second of six posts for this event being written by Carolyn Wilhelm at Wise Owl Factory. Post one includes a free printable book companion for Katie Woo and Friends by Fran Manushkin, and illustrated by Tammie Lyon. The hashtag for social media is #ReadYourWorld. Post three has Spanish 3 part cards and a book review at this link. Post 4 has a review of S.M.A.R.T.S. and the 3-D Danger book, and of course, a free printable. Post 5 is here, and post 6 is here

Victoria Torres Unfortunately Average: Face the Music

Victoria Torres Face the Music Work PageVictoria Torres Unfortunately Average: Face the Music is a middle school band story about the struggles of who should be first chair, and how musical opportunities might cause difficulties at school. Victoria, called Bonita by her father, has several friends with definite personalities. Oh, those years can be tough.

The big holiday concert is coming up, and Victoria’s music teacher thinks she should take home the new piccolo to try. However, her best friend (Bea) is considered to be the best musician and is mad she was not selected. Later, Bea does try the piccolo enough that a blind audition is held at school for a fair decision, but there is plenty of drama along the way until that time.

Victoria is average in every way and would like an opportunity to shine.  She lives in an average house in the center of town, is a middle child, is average height, and sits in the middle of the flute section.  Beaday, Saturday fun with her BFF, does not happen as planned after Victoria is chosen to take the piccolo home. They share a locker at school to make things even worse.  Of course some people have to call the piccolo a pickle and make jokes.

Mom, Dad, and one friend Jenny are supportive of Victoria, but she needs determination and a positive attitude.  This book is good for helping middle school students understand how to work through some difficult situations. It would make for good classroom discussions about what to do in similar situations.

Here is the link to download the free Work Pages PDF.


The free work pages include character matching, hinky pinks, and cause and effect. Answer keys are provided.

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