Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Claudia Mills, illus. by Rob Shepperson. FSG/Ferguson, $15.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-374-37485-3
When the principal of Kelsey’s school announces a month-long reading contest, Kelsey is positive she will lead her third-grade class to victory. Kelsey loves books like her best friends, Annika and Izzy, love math and running, and nothing is going to stop her class from winning—or stop Kelsey from reading the most books. Except, maybe, for Simon, who reads as voraciously as Kelsey, or Kelsey’s parents, who insist she miss reading time to attend her siblings’ various functions (“Her mother called it ‘being a family’ ”). Certain that Simon is cheating, Kelsey enlists Annika and Izzy to help spy on him. Single-minded and a tad selfish, Kelsey isn’t always the most pleasant of third-graders—but she’s 100% realistic. And although Kelsey’s excitement about the reading contest skews her priorities, she redeems herself (and shares her love of books) when she helps out a classmate who struggles with reading. Shepperson’s (The Memory Bank) lively pencil illustrations capture the upbeat mood of this excellent first book in the Franklin School Friends series. Author’s agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. Ages 7–10. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
Release date: 06/04/2013
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 122 pages - 978-1-250-03405-2
Open Ebook - 128 pages - 978-0-374-37488-4
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